ABOUT AUTHOR: LAURA FORD was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a Southern Baptist missionary family. Ford holds a degree in theology with an emphasis in Christian Scriptures from Seattle Pacific University. She currently resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia with her husband and two daughters.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19

How many distractions come our way, which skew our perception of what God is doing in our lives!  Or aside from distractions, maybe life has been such an uphill climb for us that we have adopted a pessimistic perception of anything new that comes our way.  Disappointment, discouragement, doubt, depression, downcast spirits, all these have a way of blinding us from the very things that God is working in our lives for our good.  And not only for our good, but for our best!  He longs to delight us with His presence and to give us not only life, but abundant life-life lived to the maximum potential of what He created us to be to glorify Him.  However, if we do not perceive it or choose not to perceive what God is doing in our lives, we may miss it.  If we try to rationally explain away every nudge, every blessing, every verse given us directly from Scripture- all pointing to the new thing He is bringing about, then we miss it.  God, in His graciousness and mercy, may bring it to our attention again in the future, but sadly, some of the fruit that would have accompanied it may already be spoiled.  It’s not that He cannot produce more fruit or give us more power from the Spirit on the next go round, but we may very well miss out in part due to our initial disobedience in not trusting Him.  We must strive to wait patiently, with much anticipation, to see glorious manifestations of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of others.  Oh friend, it may be that we need to give ourselves permission to be excited about the things God is doing in our lives.  Because it just might be, that at this very moment, He is making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Do you not perceive it?

A glorious perception!
Lord, this is what we seek!
A glorious perception
To see Your will complete!

A glorious perception,
Seeing new things springing up!
A glorious perception,
So let us take and drink the cup!

A glorious perception,
To see Your flowing streams!
A glorious perception,
Far beyond our wildest dreams!

~Laura Ford~


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