I am a morning person. I love being the first one up. The quiet newness of the morning makes me feel closer to God. Most mornings it is just me and God. I can reflect with God on the day before as I make plans for the current day. I feel renewed by these morning reflections with God and thought I would share how this verse in Isaiah reminds me of this daily renewal.
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
I am often awake early enough to see the sunrise. This is truly a blessing to me from God, as it reminds me that today is a beautiful new day. That no matter what happened the day before, this is the day that God has made for me to try again with the Lord by my side.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am encouraged that God does not want my failings from previous days to be a burden to me. I pray that I may not dwell on my mistakes, but instead learn from them so that I can do better next time. I thank God for his grace and remember what Matthew 5:16 says: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
We depend on God every day to help us let go of our guilt and mistakes so that God can make a new light in us—a light that glorifies God here on earth so that others may see a small bit of God’s kingdom here on earth.
Gracious and loving God, thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Thank you for freeing me from the darkness. You sent Jesus for us as a light that scattered the darkness of sin. Through him I have been made a new creation. Guide me, Lord, so that I might be a light that serves you faithfully.