Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert
(Isaiah 43:19).

Life feels stuck when life makes no progress.

When you battle the same discouragement you faced a decade ago or struggle with the same fears you faced a year ago.

When you wake up to the same hang-ups and habits.

When heartache becomes a permanent mailing address.

Jesus sees you, my friend, and he has a new version of you waiting to happen. He says to you what he said to the man at the pool of Bethesda: "Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk" (John 5:8 NLT).

Stand up.

Do something.

Write a letter. Apply for the job. Reach out to a counselor. Stand up. Pick up. Pick up your mat. Make a clean break with the past. And walk.

Set your sights on a new destination, and begin the hike. Getting unstuck means getting excited about getting out.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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