by Rev. Dan Morley, North District Superintendent
I have been anticipating and looking forward to the opening of the Interstate 11 section at Boulder City. My drive south is frequent and the new section was claimed to reduce drive time significantly. This past Saturday, as I drove south to Kingman, this new section was open. I passed the usual turn and followed the fresh black-top and the bright striping. The new Interstate bends into the desert and past the Veterans’ Memorial Park as it makes its way toward the O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge over the Colorado.
Though I was thankful for the more stream-lined route, I felt a tug toward the more familiar way. This new way has an easy, smooth, and even effortless feel with awesome vistas. However, it still felt as though I had taken a wrong turn or even betrayed the old friend of Boulder City.
We are all aware, that though changes can have a positive impact, they still require that we adapt and live into them before we appreciate the new and find another relationship with the former. This reminds me of Isaiah’s conversation with God when the way ahead was shifting and changing and the people were anxious (Isaiah 43:19) —
I am about to do 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.
What is changing in your life? How will you navigate the new roads? As you do, remember what Isaiah learned…
Do not fear — Trust the Lord (vs1)
God will be with you (vs2)
God is uniting us and making us one (vs5)
God makes a new way for us (vs15-19)
You can move forward because past transgressions are forgiven (vs25)
A fresh new way in the start of a new year of school, a new pastor, a new appointment year, a new job, a new place to make home. Or, perhaps you are in the place of having driven past the old and now all that is seen is an open horizon of possibilities, but you are not yet sure what is next?
The Lord is with us through it all. Praise be to God.