Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Isaiah 43: 19 -21 – Job 29 – Psalm 92 – Colossians 1: 3 -15


with Peter Veysie


I went for a run to the Garden route dam and observed the new dam wall which is quite spectacular, but I noticed that the dam level was about thirty meters from the wall, and it seemed almost impossible to think that the water would be ankle to rise almost 10 meters above the wall.

I then ran to the other side of the dam and looked up to the mountain and saw the incredible potential of all the water that could feed off it into the dam and the vision of these engineers and builders who see the potential of it filling up. Two things came to my mind. One of them was the fact that they had prepared well for the oncoming potential of blessing and secondly that they had a real faith in the fact that the dam will be filled. I started to think about how as we start this new year with a fresh start that we need to be ready and prepared for the things that the Lord has prepared for us and part of that is to forget the former things and do not dwell on them Isaiah 43:18. We could say that it will never work and what if there is a drought etc. We could start to reflect on and fill our minds with all the negative challenges that we have faced in the past or we could begin to really trust that the Lord vs 19 is about to do a new thing.


This is easier said than done, but I do believe that we can be caught in the grip of our negative thoughts of what has happened in the past and God wants to release us from that. Don’t let your previous mistakes hold you back but allow them to become stepping stones towards victory.


A new thing is difficult to see when you are consumed by all that has happened in the past. We need to trust the words of Psalm 68:18 Praise be to the Lord our Savior who daily bears our burdens.

But not only that – he also calls us to be awake and prepared for his plans and purposes that are coming. The word is quite powerful and remember that Isaiah was prophesying to a people in Exile without any real hope of returning to the promised land. A new thing is often difficult to see and that is why we need visionaries like the dam wall builders who will prepare for the new thing that is about to come.


So often we can miss the very thing that God is putting right in front of our noses – it springs up and it’s obvious, but we may still not perceive it!!!!

Perceive is a deeply spiritual word:

  1. taam — to taste, perceive

… taam. 2939 . to taste, perceive. Transliteration: taam Phonetic Spelling:

(taw-am’) Short Definition: taste. Word Origin a prim. … but, perceive, taste. .

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7381a. riach — to smell, perceive odor

… 7381, 7381a. riach. 7381b . to smell, perceive odor. Transliteration:

riach Short Definition: smell. Word Origin denominative verb …

/hebrew/7381a.htm – 5k

  1. reyach — to smell, perceive odor

… 7380, 7381. reyach. 7381a . to smell, perceive odor. Transliteration: reyach

Phonetic Spelling: (ray’-akh) Short Definition: savor. savor, scent, smell …

A fresh start means also discerning God’s plan for your life.

Scripture Psalm 92 speaks about freshness.:

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,

they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

planted in the house of the Lord,

they will flourish in the courts of our God.

They will still bear fruit in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;

he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. ”

Job 29:19,20 “My roots will reach to the water,

and the dew will lie all night on my branches.

My glory will not fade;

the bow will be ever new in my hand.”


Colossians 1:9 -12 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”


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