Perhaps it’s the lack of new things we have experienced in the last 12 months, or perhaps I forgot how much I love spring. Every year it comes as a quiet surprise over days and weeks and months, creeping in silently. Then, like a gift that simply falls open when I look upon it, it is there. In all its colourful glory.
The truth is that things are being made new all the time – every day – and spring for me is a really literal reminder of this. Physically, emotionally and psychologically, I am a different person than I was yesterday. Old cells have died and new ones have emerged. My priorities are different and the information I have received today is somewhat newer than the information I received yesterday. I have never before lived a day with this version of myself in this version of today. Every day is a new day.
But even when we know that the day is new, we can still expect ourselves to master everything that this day has to offer.
I find it very difficult to have realistic expectations for myself when trying new things. I see how other people do something (who are usually experts) and expect the same standards of myself. Then when it turns out not perfect, I am unhappy with the product and demoralised by the outcome. It can be easy to believe that our ability to perform well lies only in our knowledge of the task, when really, experience is everything. You cannot pick up 20kg weights after zero training time and expect not to pull a muscle. It is the same with other skills. Just because we saw someone lifting 20kg and we know the right stance and posture for it, our bodies have not built up the strength and experience to be able to deal with it.
New things can be difficult. Especially in a culture that accounts no time for the slow learning that is often necessary of complex skills. New things can be especially difficult when they affect our whole lives, communities, and our expectations of the future…news things like a pandemic, perhaps?
But maybe it is not the new thing that is actually difficult. Maybe the difficultly is the new you that is being created in amongst this new thing. In Isaiah 43:19 it says,
“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.”
A new thing is being created. Not an easy thing, not a simple thing, not an expected thing, but a new thing. And perhaps this ‘new thing’ being referred to here isn’t actually the world around you or the external changes happening everyday, but instead this new thing, is you. A you that is growing and changing and finding new ways in this wilderness. Everyday, you are a new thing. And all that is asked of you, is that you notice this new thing along the way.
This blog post was written by Kathryn Thomson, Communications Officer at Street Connect.