Do you remember a few years back when they drained Salem Lake in order to fix the dam? I pass over the lake on my daily commute and I watched with great interest the many changes that took place there. I remember seeing the landscape slowly change from a beautiful lake surrounded by trees, to an ugly, muddy pit. Then, the organically rich lake bed began sprouting new growth causing the area to resemble a brushy field with a small creek running through it. Once the workers completed the dam, that small creek once again began filling up the basin and, before long, Salem Lake was back to its previous state.
Watching the transformation reminded me of the many changes that have taken place in my life over the years. God has allowed both tragedies and victories to change the landscape of my life. And, change (even good change) can be hard. But, when we are in those transitional times, it helps to remember that the muddy pit we might find ourselves living in is not the end of the story. It is in these places that, with our permission, the Lord is preparing a rich soil in our hearts to grow new things. Isaiah 43:18-19 paints a beautiful picture of God’s power to do new things in the lives of his people. It says:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
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.”
Pray in these transitional times, in the times when the landscape of your life is changing that the Lord would come into your heart and plant new and beautiful things for his glory.