Our Time with Dasah

With bursting pride and unbelievable heartache, we share that our beautiful daughter Dasah Brielle Dennis took her first breathes yesterday morning Nov 13 at 8:25am and after exactly 12 sweet hours from God, she went home to Jesus at 8:25pm last night. For all 12 hours she literally didn’t stop talking! We delighted in her incredibly adorable face and fingers and toes, and we miss the sound of our daughter’s sweet voice. We can’t wait to show you photos of our little girl and will post some as soon as we have them. Please be praying for Lindsey and I and the deep heartache we are experiencing. Pray that we and our family and friends experience Jesus’ presence in our mourning, and that we could be released from the hospital today. Thank you to everyone for your incredible love and care of our family.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,” -2 Corinthians 4:16 – 5:2

The night before, and so we worship.

It is the night before our daughter’s arrival.  And if there is anything that I have learned in these 40 days in the lonely places, journeying with men and women of the Bible to the places of darkness where they too found themselves in desperation before their God, it is that it drew their hearts to worship.  There is something about discovering the Lord in the deep places of grief, loneliness, heartache that drives your heart to a greater sense of His worthiness of our praise and worship.  I see it as I read Psalm 139… a constant declaration of praise to the one who has fashioned and knitted us together in our mother’s womb.  Isaiah 25, where I was today, where Sophie’s footprint sits and the declaration of the day when God will wipe away every tear from all faces is written, followed by a declaration from the people that it will be said on that day “Behold, this is our God.  We waited for him, that he might save us.  This is the Lord, we waited for him.  LET US BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION.”

“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things; plans formed of old, faithful and sure.”  Isaiah 25:1

So, tonight in the midst of fears, emotions and hopes for tomorrow we gathered with our friends and family to worship.   To spend time as a family worshiping the one who is worthy of praise.   We worshiped in song and we worshiped in prayer.   It was an evening to meet the Lord with our community, in our sorrow and in our hope.   I can think of no better way to spend the last night that we may have with our little girl, then in praise to the one that she may soon meet.  Oh, how we pray that she would meet him face to face much, much later in life.   But whether God heals our little girl tomorrow this side of heaven or the other…. we will still worship his holy name.  For he is worthy of worship simply because of who he is.

We look forward to letting you in in the coming days to what God does as Dasah makes her grand entrance into the world. Please be praying for our family, both Kevin, myself and Dasah along with our extended family and friends who are walking this journey closely with us.   And be praying for the next season of our story with Dasah that God will ask us to step into.

Family and friends praying over Dasah tonight for healing, for the miraculous works of God to be displayed tomorrow morning!

Family and friends praying over Dasah tonight for healing, for the miraculous works of God to be displayed tomorrow morning!

What’s in a name? (Day 4)

I’m super excited about this post today.  A few days ago, I was sitting with two of my closest friends, Jess and Julie, at one of our (mostly) weekly times together where we process life (the raw and honest stuff) and speak into each others lives in the areas we are struggling in and needing encouragement.   Both of these women have been a source of huge encouragement in walking through life over the last several years, but especially in walking through these seasons with Sophie and Dasah.  We have wrestled together with thoughts on healing, who God is, how he works and how to trust him in the heartaches of life.   On Thursday morning, Jess began to speak some things she was learning through the story of Acts 3 on the power of the name of Jesus.   It was challenging and convicting.   My husband, Kevin ends every prayer with a declaration of the power of Jesus’s name and you can tell he means and believes every word of what he is saying and who he is talking to, I love how even his prayers remind me of the power of the name of Jesus. So, I continue to be so thankful for how God uses my friends and family to lift my eyes to a greater view of Jesus as we authentically wrestle together with the Lord and find ourselves knowing him more deeply as a community.  That said, I asked Jess if she would write her thoughts on Acts 3 and how they have challenged her in the things she has been wrestling with in light of our story with Sophie and Dasah.   You can find more of her writings at http://www.jessicabott.com   I hope you enjoy reading her thoughts on Acts 3 as I have!  (Thanks Jess for being my first guest post contributor!!)

What’s in a Name?

Today I walked through a garden and my thoughts drifted back to the first Garden. I wondered what it was like for Adam and Eve to walk in perfect peace and confidence in the cool of the day with the Lord. Personally, I strolled, like turtle-pace-slow, through the lovely paths surrounded by countless plants this afternoon. Not wanting to rush it, I chose to savor the beauty and communion of the moment. I cried as I continued the conversation I’ve been having with the Lord for these past 20 months regarding Sophie and now, Dasah. “What is it that You’re doing?” I asked for the thousandth time.

In John 1 the Apostle John tells us how in the beginning, the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Father created through the Word, the Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. So much light, in fact, that the darkness can never extinguish it. My small group reached Acts 3 this week. I sensed the need to invite everyone to ask these questions before we met:

Lord, what is it about speaking things in Your name?
Do I do it?
When?
Why?
What does it mean to me?

The retelling begins with Peter and John heading to afternoon prayer time at the Temple. On their way they encounter a man who has been lame since birth. His family leaves him at the Temple gate (called “Beautiful,” a meaning not lost on me right now) as they head in to commune with their faith-family and worship the Lord. Luke is telling the story and he says how the man asks Peter and John for money; noticing him, they look at him intently, telling him, “Look at us!” He looks eagerly in their direction thinking they’re going to give him money, but Peter simply states, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you, but I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Peter reaches out and pulls the man up and, as he is in motion, his feet and ankle’s are instantly healed! It’s no surprise then how the people who know the man and his condition are amazed when he is presented to them, healed. The story continues here:

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the Author of Life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.

What is it about His name? Peter tells the crowd that this man was not healed by he or John’s power or godliness. He tells them how the Author of Life, the Word through whom all who were created came into existence, the Word who was then made flesh, was raised from the dead. Now, this miraculous moment is made possible through faith in the name of that very One: the name of Jesus. Faith in the name…

My small group talked about how sometimes we don’t invoke His name for fear of disappointment that the outcome won’t be what we hope. We discussed how rote it can be to use it — perhaps it has become only a simple way to end a prayer instead of a name which carries such power, even power to raise dead things to life once again. Someone else suggested how a name with a good reputation carries much weight with it and another, how as followers of Jesus, we are called His Ambassadors and carry all of the power of the Kingdom of God with us to the places where we’re sent.

We talked about the sheer confidence of Peter and John. For me, it can be very easy to assign the miracles of Jesus to the reality that He is God, so of course He can heal and of course He knows what’s going to happen. No question there. Though He laid down His rights when He came to walk among us, He was fully human and fully God so it was “easy” for Him to heal. And, I know He told His followers how we would do greater things than He did. Yet still I’m amazed to to see the confidence of these two Apostles. They aren’t God, but they stepped into the moment fully understanding God’s intentions, His heart and what the world He created was to look like going forward. They offered the lame man what they had.

See, we’ve come a long way from that Garden these days. God, in His kindness, blocked the way back so we wouldn’t live forever in a separated state. He wanted relationship with us and set out to make things right so we might be reunited with Him. How is it then that I forget how Jesus has come and has made all things possible? In His name, darkness flees. In His name, the lame walk. In His name, the sick are healed. In His name, the captives are set free. In His name, the dead rise.

Here’s where my head goes though…

  • “Well, it’s not the time for the full restoration of all things, so miracles aren’t always possible.”
  • “We’re still in process toward that day, so it’s okay that things remain broken.”

Or,

  • “Those guys walked directly with Jesus, so they knew what they were doing and we don’t really have what is required to step into moments like that.”
  • “I must not have had enough faith because ______ didn’t happen.”

But, none of that adds up with what happened here in Acts 3. Even Peter and John knew they didn’t have the power or the godliness to accomplish this man’s healing. Instead, they simply teach us how they had faith in the name of Jesus. It was all on Jesus, not on them. They didn’t plead, they didn’t ask, they just spoke it out and offered a hand. They believed God. They knew His intentions. They understood something about the Kingdom of Heaven that I’m still learning. One of those other pesky things Jesus said has to be this… “On earth as it is in Heaven.” What does that truly mean today?

Believe me when I say how my dear friends and I have discussed what all of this means as it relates to Sophie. Can I just be honest and tell you, I don’t know. I don’t get it. But, I told Lindsey month’s ago… I think Sophie would be so thrilled to see her sister healed here and now. I don’t think she’d feel like she got the short end of the stick. I’m the one who thinks that some days. Genuinely though, I think she’d be cheering us on as we press into the Lord seeking to understand what these things really mean because Sophie is seeing things we can only dream of seeing and understanding right now. Pretty amazing. And… I miss her.

So today, I invite the Lord to show me what it means that Jesus has come and conquered death and Hell and all which goes along with it. I ask Him to take me deeper into the truth that He sent His Spirit not only to comfort me, but also to give me the unbelievable power to live this Kingdom life and partner with God in the good work He is doing throughout all the earth. I tell Him I believe Him over my doubts. I tell Him I believe Him over the prognosis announced through tests and by doctors. I tell Him I believe Him even though I cannot see it all so clearly each day. I ask Him for the confidence to see what it is that He sees and walk it out in my life with deep, abiding faith.

I ask Him to teach me how to have faith in the name of Jesus…

guest post by Jessica Bott 

http://www.jessicabott.com

Jess (left), Julie and I… love these women!

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Tomorrow’s Passage (Day 3)

Psalm 139

“Only Jesus Can” by Vertical Church Band

“Your Great Name” by Natalie Grant

We call… and He comes. How you can be praying for us (and Day 6 & 5)

While I will write my thoughts today below for my devotional for Day 6 & 5, in light of the passage being 2 Samuel 22 where David sings a song of deliverance for how God has come for him and rescued him, I wanted to first share how you can be praying for us as in just 5 days we will be entering into a new season with Dasah.  While we don’t know how that day will unfold, we know that God will be ever present with us.  And just as David declared in 2 Samuel 22: 7;

“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called.  From his temple he heard my voice and my cry came to his ears.”

so we believe that as we and God’s people cry to the Lord for us, on our behalf as a family, he will hear and intervene in our lives with magnificent and glorious power.   We continue to see him provide for us in supernatural ways and this week in particular we are desperate for people to be interceding on our behalf.  Here are some specific prayer requests that we’d like to invite you to join with us in praying (along with however else God would lead):

1.  That God would be glorified and people would be pointed to Jesus through Dasah’s life and our family.   His glory, His praise, His honor is what we want people to see MORE THAN ANYTHING else.   That has been a journey for me to be able to say, but I say confidently now as God has revealed more of himself to me in the past few months that there is nothing greater then his glory and oh how we want others to see through our little family how great our God is and how worthy he is to follow.

2.  Pray for Dasah’s full and complete healing, pray that the coming weeks will be categorized by the miraculous works of God.   We so desire those miraculous works to include a healing of epic proportions this side of heaven, and yet we also know that should God not heal Dasah the miraculous may be found in bringing us and our family joy to our hearts in the midst of great sorrow, peace in the midst of distress, and hope in the midst of despair.  Those responses in the midst of great grief would be nothing short of the miraculous working of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  So we ask that you would pray for healing and pray that God would reach down and continue to do the miraculous in our hearts in the midst of the heartache we are experiencing.

3.  Safety and peace for me in my c-section and recovery.  Surgeries scare me, I hate needles and the pain I know now comes with a c-section.  Pray that the “peace that passes understanding” would transcend my heart in the coming days and as we head to the hospital Thursday morning.

4.  If God does not heal Dasah, that she would be born alive and doing well enough that we would get to bring her home.   Oh this would bring us so much joy to get to welcome her into our home even if its just for a short amount of time.

5.  God would guide and use our doctors, nurses and technicians throughout the delivery and postpartum.  We have an incredible team of medical peeps that we are so thankful for.  Pray that God would guide their hands in surgery, decisions afterwards and care for Dasah and myself.

6.  God would give us the faith, hope, joy and peace we need each day in the coming weeks and that we would not be overwhelmed by the “tomorrows” of what may be coming and rest in today.

Thank you for praying.  Thank you for asking others to pray.  We are seeing strength rise in us in the midst of our emotions,  weariness, tears and sadness.  It is obvious that more and more people have begun to pray and lift our weary arms as the body of Christ.  Please feel free to share these prayer requests!

I want to close with a few short thoughts on 2 Samuel 22.   I love this passage and it’s fitting to be the one I’m reading today as I pray these prayers and ask others to join with me in calling to the Lord.   Fitting because here, David found himself in a place of great desperation and we get to see the response of his heart after the Lord has delivered him from his great enemy.   As you read this passage you can begin to see a pattern of the Lord’s response to David and then David’s response to the Lord.   David begins with praise to the Lord and then quickly expresses his utter desperation, how death itself is encompassing him.   As he expresses he calls to the Lord  and it is then that the Lord answers him with mighty mighty power.  Just reading v 8-20 and imagining the Lord coming for me like that is powerful.   And yet this is what the Lord does.  As we call… He comes.  And he comes in power and in might.  He comes to rescue us, just as he rescued David.   He deals with David’s heart and then begins to strengthen and equip David.  It is only after David has called, after God has parted the heavens and come down, after God rescues Him, after God deals with David’s heart, after God strengthens him, and after God equips David that David confidently steps out in faith and not fear against his enemies and even then David acknowledges that it is the Lord who goes before him, it is the Lord who fights his battles for him as he steps out in faith.  It is the Lord who has become his confidence.  And so just as he began his song in praise so he ends his song in praise to the great deliverer, the Rock, the one whose steadfast love he has come to know and experience in radical ways.   This God, is our God.  This is the God who comes for us.  We may not see him parting the sky and causing the foundations of heaven to tremble when we call but he is doing just that.  “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12

I wonder if I could see God coming for me like that, strengthening me in the same way David described, if I too would walk with greater confidence, greater hope, greater security in the steadfast love of my God who is the same God that David calls to.   And I wonder as I call to the Lord in my weakness, much like David, the ways God is coming for us in our desperate cry.   Here’s what I know, he’s not just coming, he’s hear, he’s listening and he’s responding to our crys and even when I can’t see it his response is coming in more powerful ways then I could even imagine.  Resting in that reality and thinking of that reality today.

Questions for Reflection:

1.  One of the things I like to do as I study is write in my bible (gasp), it helps me see and focus on the different things I’m discovering and make sense of things that don’t quite make sense on the first read through.  So, if you haven’t done that before (or yet) on this passage… take a colored pencil or pen and mark every time you see what God does and every time you see what David does.  What do you notice?

Here’s a little of what my passage looks like:

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2.  Picture the Lord coming for you like you see him coming for David.   How would that affect the way you pray and your confidence in the Lord?

Passage for Tomorrow (Day 4)

Acts 3

The lame beggar and Peter

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Day 9, 8 & 7… Enough grace for today

2 Corinthians 12: 1-10

Today marks 1 week until Dasah is born, one week until she enters our arms, one week until we find out just how quickly she may then enter the arms of Jesus.   It’s hard not to think ahead to those days.  Perhaps as you’ve been reading these devotionals you’ve noted that theme for me… allowing God to meet me today and not getting overwhelmed by what may be coming.  I often spend far too much time trying to think of how God will sustain me THEN rather than how he is sustaining me NOW.

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  BUT seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and ALL these things will be added to you.   THEREFORE do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. (true story)  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”   Matthew 6:31-34 

He knows.  He knows. He knows.  He knows what I need, when I need it and how I need it.  His grace is SUFFICIENT for me, for his power is made perfect in my weakness.  2 Corinthians 12 :9 (paraphrase)

His GRACE… his favor, his kindness, all given to me because of NOTHING I’ve done to deserve it and NOTHING I can do to earn it.

IS SUFFICIENT… is enough for me today.  He is unfailing in the strength that his grace brings and gives.  SO sufficient, so enough, so powerful that I need not even ask for the removal of that for which I need his grace for because the very fact that his grace is enough IN IT means that I can walk IN IT.   Because of his power, not my own.  His power being made perfect in the midst of my weakness and utter awareness of my need for his sustaining and sufficient grace to enable me to endure today and what’s ahead.   His grace is enough.   Enough for me today.  Enough for the moments where the tension of grief and sorrow rises in our marriage and we find ourselves in the midst of conflict.  Enough when we made a build-a-bear for Dasah with her heartbeat inside, much like her sisters and all the memories of that moment flooded back.  Enough when Kevin and I had sweet moments of connection and even laughter as we dealt with conflict only to discover we then felt more understood, more known, more loved by one another.  Enough when we read to Dasah at night from “Hinds feet and High Places” and tears flowed freely as we reached the part where the Great Shepherd gives Much-Afraid Sorrow and Suffering as her companions to reach the high places.   And just as her initial cry was “No Shepherd, this can’t be from you”, she resolves herself to know and walk in the love of her shepherd and follow him no matter what, so our hearts feel much like Much Afraid.  And his grace is enough for us in those honest moments with him of feeling the same cry of “No, this can’t be the way” as he moves us to wrestle with his love and ultimately begin to know him more fully.  I could go on and on how each day, at the end of the day as Kevin and I are praying I find myself thanking the Lord for yet another day that his grace has been sufficient.  Sufficient in the moments of great sorrow where I’m curled up in a ball on my bed in tears thinking of what may come and sufficient in the moments of great joy that come each day as we celebrate Dasah, as friends surround us, caring for us, laughing with us and crying with us.  And sufficient when I’m reading God’s word, listening to praise music and hope and joy overwhelm my soul in such a way that it could truly only come from a hope rooted in Jesus.  It’s not as though each day is hard.  Some are harder than others, always there is a heaviness that is around us, and yet, in each day his grace has sustained, given strength, hope and power in our weakness.   Today, his grace is enough.

Yet, how often do we look ahead and wonder…

how will I survive when…

how will I survive if…

if? when? how?

will his grace be enough then?

YES

Why do I know this even though I don’t always live in this truth?  Because his grace is enough for me today.  And it was enough for me yesterday and the day before and 14 months ago when I said hello and goodbye to my first daughter, his grace was enough then.  And it was enough when I stood at her gravesite beside her tiny casket.  And it was enough each day after that as I slowly, ever so slowly discovered more of who God is and what it means to just lean into his grace in this season.  And it was enough on the day we found out that we would be walking a similar journey with Dasah.  Sometimes I wonder how I made it through the last 6 months.   It was and is his grace.   And so I’m tempted to wonder, often somewhat fearfully, how will I make it through the next week.  The next month.  The holidays.  And it will be his grace, just as it is today.  I don’t know how his grace will sustain me a week from now and the fear comes when I try to figure out how he will do it instead of simply trusting that he will do it.  It’s a promise, for you and for me. His grace is enough.

Nancy Guthrie, who also lost two children, writes in her book Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow:

“During the season when David and I were dealing with the daily uncertainties of caring for children who were going to die, people would sometimes say to us, ‘I don’t know how you are doing this.  I could never do it.’  Often we would respond by saying something that sounded a bit shocking, perhaps. ‘You’re right.  You couldn’t do it… God has not given you the grace for it because you don’t need it, at least not right now,’ we would say, pausing before continuing.  ‘But know this: when you do need it, he will give you all the grace you need.’  That is what we’ve experienced– always enough grace for the difficulty of that day, and more grace for the next day, as we needed it.  We’ve learned — not only because God promises it in his Word, but because we’ve experienced it firsthand in the lowest places of life– that the grace God has provided is all we have needed.  It has been enough for whatever we have faced.  The grace God provides is enough to generate joy in the midst of your great sorrow.  It’s enough to enable you to endure the loneliness and the reminders of loss everywhere you turn. It’s enough to keep you believing that God is good and that he loves you.  What Jesus said to Paul, he also says to you and me: ‘My grace is enough for you today and for everything you will face in the days to come.  It will be enough — I will be enough — for whatever I allow into your life.'”

Let’s lean into that grace today.  I know I need to.

Questions for Reflection:

1. How have you seen his grace sufficient for you today?

2.  What future worries, fears are you forgetting that he will give you grace to sustain you if and only if he asks you to walk through those?

Tomorrow’s Passage (Day 6)

David in 2 Samuel 22

 

Some sweet moments of Celebrating Dasah this past week… Happy 38 weeks Dasah!

Making our Dasah bear… Dasah’s heartbeat was recorded and we put it in the bear!  Hopefully we’ll get to hear her cry and we’ll add that to the bear too!

 Of course, not to be completely outdone by her big sister Sophie, who was serenaded by 98 degrees… we wanted to make sure Dasah got to go to a boy band concert too!  So Dasah got her boy band on… Boyz II Men style!  (Her mom may or may not know the words to almost all of their songs…)  And yes, we did cover her ears for a few of their songs.  So this week we took her to Epcot to tour around the world at the Food & Wine Festival and enjoy experiencing her first boy band!

Day 12, 11 & 10… The good ol’ days

Isaiah 43: 16 -21

“Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick; Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

Imagine you’re “the people of God” living in exile under a foreign ruler, stripped of your identity, your home.  You talk of the “good ol’ days” when your God led your people out of Egypt, out of slavery, promising to bring you into the promised land, filling your days with signs and wonders of His presence, manna from heaven, that became so commonplace that you even talk of how your people could’ve rebelled at such power revealed when now those moments of glory seem so far away.   Ahhh, the days when God showed up, when His presence was mighty and powerful and the nations around your people trembled at the power of your God.   Those were the “good ol’ days”.   But that was then and this is now and it’s different.  He doesn’t work the same… or does He?

I look at the people of Israel and often wonder how they could question for an instant God’s presence with them, that He is the same God He was to them in Egypt, in their wanderings as He is in their captivity.  But then I look at my own life and I see how quickly I can look to the past and think myself of the “good ol’ days” of God’s presence.   In seasons of great darkness it is far to easy to look behind and remember the mountaintop moments of faith, the times when I saw God show up in dramatic ways, changing my life and the lives of those around me and it was exciting and exhilarating and everything my heart thought the adventure of walking with Jesus would be.   And then the “adventure” begins to look much different.  What now? Where are my mountaintop moments? I seem to be stuck in a valley that holds no “adventure” as I’ve defined it in my earlier years as a believer.   When all over scripture God calls us to remember, to not forget what He has done, to “let each generation tell it’s children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power” (Psalm 145:5), why would He tell the Israelites “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old”?   This statement struck me as I was reading it so I did a little research to discover the situation the Israelites were in, stuck in captivity, reflecting on God’s work for their people in the past tense and forgetting that He was still at work in their present tense.

As I’ve looked to Dasah’s arrival I’ve found myself thinking of Sophie’s life, her birth, and all the events surrounding that season that seemed so intimately and intricately orchestrated that I would have been a fool to think that God was not in each and every moment of Sophie’s life and arrival.  He made it so clear.  And somehow, just as remembering those moments has brought confidence in His power to work now, it has also brought fear.   Will you still work in every detail God?  This road seems so much darker, so much heavier, are you still the same God?  The same God who brought me to places of such joy and adventure in my younger years as a Christian?  The same God who walked me through what I thought would be the darkest season of my life with our firstborn daughter and brought such celebration and joy in the midst of sorrow?  Are you the same TODAY?

Yes, a thousand times YES!  That is what God is telling His people in Isaiah.  It’s as if He’s saying “Stop dwelling on the past as if those were the ONLY days of my Glory.”

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

A new thing.  A new part of His story for our lives.  Yes, still He is making a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.  And yes, it will look different then how it looked before.  Because He is doing a NEW THING.   NEW.  Watch for it.  Wait for it.  Anticipate the newness of what He wants to do in your life IN THIS season, whatever THIS season holds.  It will look different then the last season and different then the season after this season.  The Israelites were in a great season of doubt, wondering if God would intervene again, wondering if they had rebelled just one too many times, would He still come for them?  And God speaks to their hearts and He speaks to our hearts.  “I am moving, I’m at work, even in the darkest of times, do not dwell on the past as if those are the only times I will show up in might and power, I will show up in might and power now and in the future and how you will see and experience it will be in ways you have never seen before.”

So, I’m asking the Lord to help me trust Him for this new story that He is and will continue to unfold with Dasah’s life and our lives. There may be similarities to Sophie’s story, but there will be new things He has for us and will have for us that are unique to our story with Dasah.   I’ve seen Him “make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” with Sophie and now I’m asking Him to help me trust how He will “make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” in this new season with Dasah.   It will be different, but He will still make a way.

BEHOLD, I AM DOING A NEW THING

Questions for Reflection

1.  In what ways do you, like the Israelites, look at the past as the “good ol’ days” forgetting that God’s presence today is just as real for you as it was back when the days seemed brighter?

2.  What “new things” is God doing in your life today?

3.  Where is He asking you to trust Him to “make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”?

Tomorrow’s Passage (Day 9)

Paul in 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10

Also… I’m loving this new song by Chris Tomlin…

Our God still ROARS