Here's this week's Bible study blog post for i.ucc.org:
It may not be a ‘life rule’, but I think its accurate to say that folks romanticize past positive experience to a point that the memory of the event is much more positive than the initial experience. I guess folks do the same with bad experience – with the memory amplifying the experience in a negative way. Though the traditional wisdom on negative experiences seems to be that they fade with time. I don’t know. I do think, however, that when we try to recreate the past positive experiences they usually pale in comparison to our memory.
You can’t go back home, right?
In this week’s Bible reading from Isaiah 43:16-21, the prophet announces that God is going to do a new thing. But just before that announcement there’s a brief warning not to romanticize the events from the past and expect that this new things is going to be just like the things from before.
This new thing? Apparently there’s no comparison possible.
The prophet announced it then – about an event then. But I don’t think God ever stops doing a new thing.
Question is- how do we experience the new thing God is doing?