The Old Testament reading on Sunday ended with this verse:
See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.
- Isaiah 42:9
If you are like me though, you daily life is more like Ecclesiastes 1:9:
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.
Which of course is just the Bible's way of saying: Same s%*t, different day. We live expecting drudgery, but God promises us new things!
Perhaps we just don't see because we don't pay attention to the small new things each day - a different shade of blue in the sky, a different bird at our feeders, a note we've never noticed in a favorite song. But if we pay attention to these small new things, we'll better notice the new things that God is doing in our hearts and in our worlds. And we are not just talking a new coat of paint here, God is doing a brand new thing!
In my own life, I am blessedly aware that I am less afraid now than I was a year ago. I used to be afraid of everything. Now I am just afraid of most things. God's perfect love has been casting out my fear.
So this week, notice at least one new thing every day. Leave a note about the new things in the comments or the facebook page!
For more reading on the importance of paying attention and seeing new things, see Ellen Langer's work and read Simone Weil's famous essay.