It’s fall and football has quickly gained fame in my home. Thursday night kick off turned into several Saturday games, and this lacking fan-girl needed some fresh air, to say the least.

A drive was calling my name.

Grabbing my book, Bible, and polka dotted journal, I steered into the bright sun as the rays grabbed hands with the tree branches in the horizon. I was driving towards a back Tennessee road that I had found myself by mistake a time before. I was pleasantly surprised when this accidental path led me to fresh, flowing waters, and the adventurer in me was excited to explore familiar territory again.

Driving onward, the road I remembered was nowhere in sight! I was slightly disappointed and began to give up on finding it.  At the brink of the u-turn, I saw a road that looked fresh and full of greenery. “Rehobath” the sign read. Names always intrigue me; I love to hear the meaning behind an unusual name. I pulled out google as I began to twist and turn down a new trail.

“Rehoboth: a place of flourishing and growth. Wide places,” my phone read.

My poetic heart skipped a beat, and I smiled in the sunlit sky to my God. “Thank you, Jesus.” My spirit heard more than a road name. You see, I had driven into unfamiliar territory, seeking time with my Savior in a place that I knew, and all the while God had something different in mind. Instead of what I knew, He had something new for me. Right at the brink of turning around, He had brought me to a wide place.

“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” – Psalm 18:19

Even now I cannot help but praise God for the goodness with which He moves and acts in our lives. Though just a road, the picture He painted before me reminded me that He is a God who works with a purpose. I sought the comfort of what was old, but God has something better for me!

“from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” – Matthew 9:17

God has something new for you, Dear One! Just like the process of making new wine, God has a process with us. He cannot put the new into the old. God calls us into new spaces, from old places, and makes beautiful things; beauty from ashes! We cannot receive the new in the old because the old limits us. Old habits cannot facilitate new growth. Holding onto old hurt cannot assist in curing others. God must create in us new and willing hearts so that we can move forward into all that He has in store for us.

I would have missed the beauty of the new road, and the excitement of the adventure if I had decided to double back with a u-y. May we never miss what God has for us by holding onto what He has brought us through.

What are some new things your heart longs for? What stands in the way of receiving the new?

I pray that we give God our all so we can receive all of Him.