A New Beginning

May 28, 2008
by Margaret Steer

Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (NKJV)

Many years ago, we moved to a small instant town on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It was situated in a beautiful valley with majestic mountains all around. Everything was new, the people, houses, and streets — a true town, carved right out of the wilderness — so we had to make a conscious decision to enjoy our new life in this community.

To be an encourager was important. Sometimes, a word or smile can change another person's outlook if they are feeling lonesome and blue. As I came to live in this new area, I decided to be a "Barnabas" (which means "Son of Encouragement" – Acts 4:36).

We could see God's handiwork everywhere. Psalm 24:1 says, "The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein." (NKJV) But there were no flowers to brighten the town. It takes a few years for gardens to get established, so I decided to help God along. I went to the closest town (which was fifty miles away) and bought artificial flowers to plant.

Our house was on a hill, and so was difficult to see up close. As people walked by below, they were astonished how we had tulips, daffodils, etc. coming up. Unbeknownst to them, I arose early every week and pulled them up a few inches, so they looked as though they were actually growing.

As my flowers thrived, so did friendships. Even though I ran ahead, God was able to share His love. Before the year was out, with the help of other ladies, we started a Sunday School for the children in town, to share God's faithfulness in everything.

Isaiah 55:12 – For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (NKJV)

Prayer: Our Father God, thank You for all the different experiences You give each one of us. May we be faithful and obedient when You speak, so others can see You every day as we allow You to control our actions and thinking. Amen.

About the author:

Margaret Steer <margsteer@shaw.ca>
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

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