“Do not remember the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

As I see it, there are two distinct phases of coronavirus lockdown: the phase where you are waiting for things to get back to normal, and the phase where you let go of all previous “normal,” and begin to build what will be next.

Our state announced this week that school students would not return to classrooms until the fall. Up until that moment, I had been living in the hope of Nicolas going back to school and our lives returning to normal. The answer to all of our current difficulties, my husband and I were certain would come “when he goes back to school.” We were able to just hang in there, in a protective posture, knowing that when school got back to normal, so would everything else.

Thankfully, I found a scripture that helped me snap out of my longing for what used to be. Isaiah 43:18-19 is God reminding the Israelites (as He often has to remind me) to keep looking forward. Expect and embrace the new things He is doing. God is always on the move, and it is beneficial to us if we can remember to go with Him rather than drag our heels. He always will provide for us in the new place.

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Source: Special Needs Parenting- Key Ministry

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