Scripture: from verse 6
From this time forth I announce to you new things,
hidden things that you have not known.
Observation: Ecclesiastes 1 says that there is nothing new under the sun, but here God is announcing new things. That isn’t entirely surprising, because God is the only one who can make new things.
The relationship between us and our world rather reminds me of fanfiction sometimes. Fanfiction is stories written by the fans of a given work – the fans use the characters and world created by the author to make up new stories. And each new canon installment (each new book, movie, episode, etc) may contain new details, and the trends in fanfic stories change accordingly. (The Harry Potter fandom in particular is fascinating to watch, as each new book and movie brought new background and character development. In the stories written between stages, certain characters move from beloved to reviled, from benevolent to manipulative, from romantic to villainous, and back again.)
Fanfic traditionally begins with a “disclaimer,” a statement that acknowledges that the author does not own the world or characters. My favorite disclaimer says, “It’s [author’s] world, we just play in it.” (This references the common phrase, “It’s [X’s] world, we just live in it,” which apparently dates back to Frank Sinatra, of all people. Who knew?)
The point here is that it’s God’s world and we just play in it. He is the only one who can come up with new canon characters, new canon ideas, new canon spells. And when He does, it’s a New Thing.
Application: …yeah, coming up blank here. Trusting Him sounds like a good plan, so let’s go with that.
Prayer: Father, I praise you because you are the cause of new things. You are able to do what no one else can do. You are able to bring new life and new wholeness to what is broken. Help me to trust that you have a plan for new things for me. Amen.