scripture reflection

Submitted by Jay McCumber, Executive Director, TTWM


do you perceive it?

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.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Celebrating a new year is a tradition that is millennia old. The turning of the leaf, the cleaning of the slate, the hope of the future, the concept of newness is one that is not just about timing it is about observation. As we build healthier cultures of leadership through the work we do as TTWM, we are always asking, “What is the key question in this situation?” Getting great answers to the wrong questions will leave a leader with a false sense of security and momentum, doomed to repeat the very things that got that leader in that situation in the first place. Here in Isaiah 43, the key question is obvious: Do you perceive it? In the newness of this year and the newness that is always offered in person and grace of Christ, can you see that goodness? Do you even want to see it? Oftentimes life is more simply lived in the status quo, doing the same things we have always done. However, that means that we will then only be what we have always been. God is moving, He is doing a new thing in your life.

Do you perceive it?