A New Thing

By LuAnn Edwards

What does the Lord want to do in your life this year?

Are you willing to move ahead in faith and take a step or two forward in your journey? I believe God wants to do a new thing in each of us. He is doing that in me.

A few months ago our evangelism pastor, Kevin Linthicum, asked each person in our small group to find one person we could reach out to with God’s love. I decided a young man I worked with would be my “one.” The following day, I learned he resigned. It didn’t take long before I knew who my new “one” would be. Within two months she, too, was gone.

I began to think, “Maybe ‘one’ isn’t what the Lord wants from me right now; ‘one’ is in my comfort zone.’’ I believe the Lord has called me to “more than one” because this is a stretch for me.

After praying for direction, the Lord led me to begin a ladies’ Bible study at work even though I am not comfortable talking in front of a group. As a former teacher, I have spoken to a class of teens, but I have never led an adult Bible study. He hand-picked a group of ladies and brought us together to grow, learn, and fellowship with one another. I believe God is doing great things within our group.

The Lord also directed me to join my church’s Malawi mission team. I am excited, as this will be my first mission trip.

When the team first met for a time of prayer, Kevin asked us to share our expectations in Malawi. I signed up one week before this and had not even thought about expectations. I was just trying to get used to the idea that I was going to travel to Africa and share the Gospel. I kept thinking, “How did this happen? Lord, what are you doing?”

Now after thoughtful consideration, I imagine my whole world will turn upside down. I am expecting to experience God as I have never experienced Him before. I am anticipating God will do a new thing in me.

Starting the Bible study and taking a mission trip to Africa are huge steps of faith for me. God is stretching me and teaching me to trust Him more. Is God stretching you and your faith? Is He wanting to do a new thing in you?

“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).

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