“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-20

Tempest is a word we don’t use much these days.  It means wild storm.  This time last year we were entering into what would become a major tempest in our lives.  

The new school year was about to begin.  Our older son was going to be a freshman.  We were excited about him going to high school, and we were excited about the school itself.  It was a school we ‘choiced’ him into because of a college prep program it offered.  We prayed a lot about whether or not to seek this program and felt, without a doubt, God was opening doors leading us to this program.  That alone was reason enough to be excited!  However, tainting our excitement was news that the school board wanted to make changes to this program and force students to attend another school in the coming year.  The proposed changes caused a firestorm of controversy and arguments from representatives of both schools and the community at large.  Meetings, debates and arguments went on for months exposing other issues that concerned us, too. 

Tempers flared and the tempest raged.  In the end, the school board got its way. The changes imposed were radical, serving political purposes not educational needs.  Despite having a wonderful freshman year at this school, our son would be forced to enroll elsewhere for the coming school year.  This was upsetting and angering, but we had to go along with the school board’s decision.  Remembering how God led us the first time, we turned to Him again to seek educational guidance for our son.  And guide us He did! 

Today both of our sons started a new school, and we are so excited and thankful!   As wonderful as this school is, though, we’d have never considered it if we hadn’t found ourselves in the tempest.  It was being forced to make changes as a result of the tempest that led us to consider new options and opportunities.  It was the tempest that caused us to turn to God seeking new direction.  It was the tempest that allowed God to redirect us in the way we needed to go.  It was the tempest that allowed God to do a ‘new thing’ in our lives.

Our boys are now attending a Christian school that offers excellent academic, arts, and athletic programs – all based on Christian practices and principles.  We’re thrilled about the opportunities they’ll have here, but it’s not those things that make us most excited.  What excites us most is knowing we’re here because God led us here. 

When I think about all we’ve been through to get to this day, I’m reminded of the verse above when Isaiah speaks for God saying, “See, I’m doing a new thing!”  God showed us once again that He can indeed make a way through the desert and create streams in a wasteland.  God also showed us that what seems to be a tempest at the time can actually be God’s way of bringing about a new thing .  Praise be to God! 

Are you or someone you know going through a time of tempest?  If so, please remember that God is often at work in ways we don’t know or understand to bring about changes He knows we need to make; and God can bring about good from even the worst of situations.