Well, our Call to Worship for today, taken from Isaiah, calls us to forget the past, to forget all that we’ve known about ourselves, other people, and the world, and look toward God with anticipation, open to the new thing that God is about to do:
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old,
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise. (Isaiah 43:18-21)
God wants to give us water in our wilderness, rivers in our desert. He wants to give it to us, the people whom he formed for himself so that we might declare his praise. But we have to be willing to imagine water in our wilderness and rivers in our desert. Faith is this ability to imagine something more than what we’ve known and to turn to God in anticipation and trust. Where in your life are you lost in the wilderness without sustenance? Where are you wandering in the desert without water? Can you imagine that it could be different? Can you shed all that you’ve known for a moment, just long enough for God to do something new in you and in your life?
FULL SERMON HERE