Connecting the Dots
See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth
- Isaiah 42:9-10
Again, God invites us to be alert and see what is really going on, the new things that God is doing in our midst, but which we often don’t notice. Pastor theologian Eugene Peterson put it this way:
The assumption of [Christian] spirituality is that always God is doing something before I know it. So the task is not to get God to do something I think needs to be done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can respond to it and participate and take delight in it.
Another contemporary thought leader put it this way:“If you don’t take the time to think about and analyze your life, you’ll never realize all the dots that are all connected” (Beyoncé).
So will you take some time to reflect on what God has done in your life so that you can connect the dots? At City Church we often talk about this as trying to “hear and respond to Jesus’s call towards wholeness” (which is our mission statement as a church). Notice that in the Isaiah passage, after hearing what God is up to, the natural response is praise. So take some time to listen and then to thank and praise God for where he’s at work on your life.