The Uncertainties of Newness

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 43:19)

How do we handle the discomfort during seasons of transition? We assume that change and progress is smooth sailing and won’t come with any hassle. But often progress brings with it some discomfort. While we relish the idea of change, it also brings uncertainty and some raised anxiety. Our expectations of a new situation is not always the reality but we step out in faith and place one foot in front of the other and walk towards our new assignment.

Imagine the Israelites being freed from slavery and then plunged into a wilderness situation that was unfamiliar to them. Then comes the complaining and murmuring from the uncertainty. “Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” (Exodus 24:12) No wonder Moses lost his temper so many times and missed out on reaching the promised land. Moses had been prepared all of his life for this mission. He risked his life going back to Egypt to tell Pharaoh, “God says to let my people go.”

Just before the complaining the people were rejoicing because Pharaoh had set them free. They marched out of Egypt praising God and hailed Moses as a hero for helping them to gain freedom. Fast forward and they are faced with a Red Sea on one side that seems uncrossable and Pharaoh and his army are in pursuit on the other side. I can imagine that they must have felt bombarded. And now they blame God and Moses because they feared that he had brought them in the wilderness to die.

God is not the author of confusion and there is no way he would have opened the way and released them out of Egypt to bring them into the wilderness to perish. God opened the Red Sea, allowed them to cross over and then closed the sea when Pharoah and his army pursued. (Exodus 14)

God did not deliver you from that test or trial to abandon you in this new situation that appears impossible. It maybe unfamiliar and uncomfortable and you don’t know which way to turn but God will make a way through that sea of doubt and confusion.


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