But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.  For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun!  Do you not see it?    I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in dry wasteland.     ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

When I think about recent changes in my life, that’s the verse that comes to mind.  God is definitely doing somethingnew  in my life!  It’s just six months before my 50th birthday and God is leading me back to school!  And this pursuit isn’t a continuation of my undergrad work.  He’s taking me in a whole new direction!  It’s been 25 years since I sat in a classroom.  Now here I am, taking on a new endeavor and pursuing new goals – His goals, whatever they may be.

Yes, Lord, you are doing something new, all right!  You’re calling me out of my comfortable life as a wife and mom with involvements at church and school, to send me ‘back to work’ as a student with new challenges in a new techno-savvy world.  And You’re calling me to step forward in service for You.

Forget what is behind me, the verse says.  That’s a good instruction for me because I tend to look back out of self-doubt and at failures from my past and all the things that say this shouldn’t be so, but that is the old.  God is doing something new!  Or is it so new?  The verse also says that the Lord has already begun!  Yes, it’s true.  When I take time to reflect, I realize this is a continuation of work God has already begun through my service in the church and my interests in women’s ministries.

How wonderful that the Lord can make a pathway through this ‘wilderness’ I now feel myself wandering in.  It’s even more wonderful that He can create rivers out of the dry wasteland of my mind, my out-of-shape, technically- and academically-challenged mind!

Yes, God is doing something new.  At a time when Rex and I are preparing for our empty-nester and retirement days, God is leading me to a new calling, new commitments, and a new profession.

I’ll be honest and admit that I was scared when this all began, and at times my stomach still knots up – like on Mondays when I have class, and when I think ahead to class assignments, but for the most part these changes are exciting and I’m thankful for them!

Perhaps what’s most exciting is knowing that God truly knows the inner hopes, dreams and desires of our hearts, and with Him it’s never too late to pursue them. The Bible says that in God all things are possible!  Even better…He is with us every step of the way if we seek Him and trust Him with the dreams and desires of our hearts.    Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  ~ Psalm 37:4

What hopes and dreams are inside your heart?  Give them to God and see what happens!  Perhaps He’s already at work doing something new in your life, too!