Made New

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 the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 

Maybe today has been off-the-charts great for you. Or maybe it feels like you should receive a trophy for “Worst Day Ever.” Either way, there is really good news: tomorrow is a brand-new day. Like fresh-sheets-out-of-the-dryer new—isn’t that so incredibly nice to know? 

No matter what happened yesterday, God promises that we don’t have to dwell on the bruises, battle scars, or regrets of the past. So let’s guard our thoughts, and when we wake up physically operating in the present but mentally consumed with the throes of yesterday (or even ten years ago), let’s try to remember that God says our past experiences have been wiped clean. 

Or what about our dreams? Our goals? The big, exciting things we had envisioned being our life—do they feel far from achievable? Unavailable to us because of mistakes we have made? We have accepted the lie that a once-tethered wing cannot fly again to new places, but why? We have taken our state of brokenness and stamped it as who we are: broken. 

But what does Jesus say about us? And our life? Our goals? About our hurt wings and delicate past and all that lies in between? 

We have been made new. That is what he says. Redeemed and restored—that is who we are. 

This gift of newness repairs our broken wings, speaks life into our souls, and reminds our weary hearts that our feet were never meant to stay on the ground. 

Our today does not have to be the story of our tomorrow, and our potential is not determined by our past. Gulp in that fresh air. It is good to be alive when Jesus is our King. 

Dear Jesus, thank you that you are always making all things new. You speak to the potential within us, put the past behind us, and call us into your marvelous light. We trust you to make a way. Reveal to us more of you, Jesus. We want to be made new. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Cleere Cherry 
Be Still & Know 

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