Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (NKJ, Isa. 43:19)

Sadness and despair can feel permanent. But it rarely is. Sorrow has an ebb and flow like the rise and crash of ocean waves. The water swells, churns and rises, but just after it crashes, it gradually levels and clears. It’s at this point, you may see beneath the sunlit surface, speckled sand, colorful shells, and gleaming fish. In the same way, after each wave of grief, something new awaits us. Around the corner is good news, fresh opportunities, new friendships, gifts to give, and gifts to receive. Behold, I will do a new thing . . .

A man woke one morning, dreading a phone call from the doctor with his test results. The phone rang and he was given the message his terminal illness was in total remission. The Lord did a new thing. A woman, feeling like an old spinster, waited in a long grocery line on another lonely Friday night. In that line she met the man she married. The Lord did a new thing. A young woman felt betrayed by her husband, and just when all hope was gone, repentance and reconciliation came. The Lord did a new thing.

God always breathes fresh purpose into our lives. It may not be what you thought or hoped, but it will always be what you need. It may not be in your timing, but it will always be timely. Remember, behind each crashing wave is calmer water. Ahead stretches the solid shore.