Behold, a New Thing!

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. (Isaiah 43.19 NIV)

I finally did it. I planted pea seeds in February. And, yes, I did feel a little proud of myself.

And then I started looking for the plants. You know, just a quick walk-by every now and then. Okay, I’ll admit, it was every day! Did you know that it takes pea seeds 21-30 days to germinate? In optimal conditions. That’s three weeks, at the very least! Did you notice that I had to use bold, italicized, underlined writing to emphasize the amount of time that is? And an exclamation point!

I became a bit impatient. My faith wavered.

An expanse of seemingly empty dirt behind a pea package sign in the garden
clearly not much happening yet in the pea patch

I did something that a gardener should not do. I’m a novice.

I dug in the first row to see if anything was really happening under there in the dark. Granted, I did have real reason to suspect that those seeds were just rotting, but the smart thing would have been to just let time tell.

And now there’s this blog. A new thing. I’m hopeful that the seeds planted here will grow into a community of women who are sharing our lives and faith together in real, meaningful ways. I hope we can laugh together, be encouraged, challenge one another, and hear each other’s stories with compassion and grace.

Will it grow into the plant I imagine? Or will it be something else altogether? Only time will tell. And I’ll leave the bulk of the tending to the Master Gardener.

A baby pea sprouts peeks up through the dirt under a leaf
now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

How do you hold onto hope when you can’t see the growth you’re longing for? Please share in the comments section!

with love, Anita

4 thoughts on “Behold, a New Thing!

  1. How do I hold onto hope? I don’t have a fancy answer. I just keep clutching Jesus’ promises since that’s all I have. And like you, I dig up a pea or two. Or three.

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  2. How do I hold onto hope? That is a great question that I don’t have any fancy answer for. I guess I just keep on clutching even when I don’t feel anything in my grasp, knowing that somehow Jesus is there. Like you, I dig around in the pea rows I’ve planted and pray…

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  3. This blog is a new thing that can really grow into something remarkable! Sisters, please join in the conversation!

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  4. This is a lovely, sweet, inspirational, yet provocative reading. I’m inspired by the thoughts of new life, expectation and the hope that we have. I’m also challenged to consider when am I impatient, and what is the cause of that impatience, what can I do differently. Thanks for providing a moment in my day to be reminded of hope…even in my impatience!

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