“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing;” Isaiah 43: 18-19a
Recently I was talking to a friend who asked me how things were going. I told him I was frustrated, that I had so many ideas I believed God gives me, yet I don’t know how to bring them into reality. So he asked me a bunch of questions for one of my ideas (recording an original song), next taking me through how I could accomplish that. Then he looked at me and asked, “so what is keeping you from for doing that?”
Frankly, I didn’t have an answer.
He continued to go over what needed to be done, adding, “I have known you for three years, waiting on you to do this; now we are going to do it my way.”
The first part was meeting with a musician who could assist me in getting the music on paper: first listening to the musical concept, recording the song by my singing it, and then meeting with him for another meeting once he has completed the manuscript, and together we would make revisions. After that, I would teach the song to the singers and musicians, with the goal of recording it at my friend’s studio.
Oh my! This is territory I have never set foot on! Something completely new. Years I have created this in my private realm of imagination, but now it is about to spring forth. Since the conversation I had with my friend, his question kept circling in my mind throughout the week: why hasn’t it happened? (By the way, this song was written ten years ago).
I told him I didn’t know how to go about it, but when we mapped out a plan, it seemed so simple a task to do. Perhaps I was too afraid to step out, discover how to do it, getting out the boat to accomplish it. Past disappointments of things tried and failed have kept me from venturing out. But, God has provided words of encouragement. Forget the past, reach for those things that are within your grasp and cause them to happen! Remember not the things of old! They are old, they are not new. God is of the new, ensuring it will happen!
Being in the realm of the unknown can be scary. But (thanks to my friend), I am willing with his help to make it happen, and with God steering the way, it will become a new reality.