New Places


Lately, it is as if the Lord has given me new eyes to see new revelation in everything. I look at discouraging situations with hope and expectation that God might demonstrate His glory and power for everyone to see, and that His name might be proclaimed throughout the ends of the earth (Exodus 9:6).

It is as if bad news is met with joy and peace because I know this is another opportunity for miracles to happen! The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is my God. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow (James 1:7). His plans are always for the good of those who love Him.

Out of the blue I received a phone call from a long-time friend whom I hadn’t spoken to in years. “Are you busy?”, she asked. “I am, but I can talk! What’s up?”, I eagerly replied. The information relayed from her end wasn’t news of clear skies and sunshine, but rather reports of broken roads, storms, and darkness. I mourned for the complex situations at hand, but quickly recognized that prayer changes things! My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2)! If anyone can change the circumstances at hand, it’s the One who made all things.

If you are feeling hopelessness about the future, listen to what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, ‘All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for me?’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Zechariah 8:6). When the sky seems to be crashing in, do not fall into despair, but fall into the hands of the One who made you. Hebrews 6:18b promises, "Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us."

Whether you’ve received a poor health diagnosis, dealt with the death of someone close, lost a job, learned of betrayal of a trusted friend, or you’re at a loss with parenting strategies, there is One who can comfort you and turn the gloominess to pure joy.

We read in the living Word and are encouraged with the miraculous change of course God made for His chosen people. On the night of the 430th year, God lifted the burdensome yoke of slavery and oppression from the Israelites and lavished them with the riches of Egypt as they headed to the Promised Land in Canaan (Exodus 12).

God is good at turning the darkness into light. As Jesus hung on the cross, the world experienced the deepest darkness for three excruciating hours, before He gave up His Spirit (Matthew 27:45-50). Three days later when all hope seemed lost, Jesus, was resurrected to offer eternal Light for all (Matthew 28:5-7).

Give your heart to God and let His perfect love cast out your anxieties as you rest in the power of our resurrected King! If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).