Scripture: No need to remember past events, no need to think about what was done before. Look, I (Yahweh) am doing something new, now it emerges; can you not see it? Yes, I am making a road in desert, and rivers in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
Prayer: Can you not see it? May I forsake the past to see with new eyes the Lord's work in the present and in my life and that of the world around me.
Response: In these verses you are being encouraged to let go of the past; stop circling missteps in your life or especially in the lives of others. Can you not see it?—are words that should hasten your reflections inward. Can you see that you being transformed, or about to be transformed? What are the indicators that this is happening just now? Is it more frequent and deeper laughter? Or does it manifest in being more conscious and sensitive to the needs of others—something that you would have missed earlier?
It's as if you visited a building site after many months and discover a magnificent structure taking form overlooking a spacious canyon through which a river surges. The very placement of the windows and balconies, gives the impression of wrap-around vistas unnoticed during earlier visits—a place where blues and light of a spacious sky are seamlessly integrated. It comes as quite a surprise to you that the emerging structure represents you in present time.
Can you not see it? And the question for you is what do you see new about you that you almost did not recognize until reminded by Isaiah?