Waiting for New Beginnings

Have you ever found yourself at a new beginning?

As summer quickly comes to an end, school is about to begin, offering students and teachers a fresh start. Even if you aren’t anticipating a new school year, perhaps you’re waiting on the next big thing to happen, or maybe you’re so caught up in this fast-paced life that you can’t keep up with where you have been or where you are going. You may not notice something new happening around you or within you.

I have been that person, the one who was unaware. But in recent years, I’ve learned new beginnings deserve our attention, even if we have to wait on them.

“Hold My hand and walk joyously with Me through this day…Don’t worry about what is around the bend. Just concentrate on enjoying my Presence.” –Jesus Calling, August 4

My journey of new beginnings started about 10 years ago when God asked my husband and I to sell our house, the only home our son had ever known. We found in that first act of obedience, God put us on a path scattered with unknowns and new chapters. We had no idea where we were going or what we were doing, but God knew.

In March 2018, I faced a second new endeavor: I sold my business of 20 years to follow my dream of writing a book. But not just any book—a book God asked me to write. With mixed emotions, I left my corporate life behind and entered the process of writing, editing, and publishing my first book. Exhilarated by this new adventure and terrified by the risk of it all, I was still unsure of where I was going. Scared to death, I stepped forward in faith, and I found myself at another new beginning.

God always knows the plans He has for us, even if we do not. We don’t have to know His plans, but we do need to walk to the path God has placed before us. Yes, it can be frightening to walk in the dark, but that is where our faith comes in. And that faith helps us tremendously, like we see in Hebrews 11:1 NIV: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

“Instead of trying to fit this day into a preconceived mold, relax and be on the lookout for what I am doing.” –Jesus Calling, March 16

As God continues to present new opportunities in my life, often I am unaware of them. I thought my new beginning came at the sale of our home. I had no idea that act of obedience would lead me to selling my business several years later and then writing my first book, The Me Disease.
But God knew.

And I admit, all this newness has been tough to handle at times. However, I am comforted by the words of the Prophet Isaiah, which remind me that with every new thing, God will make a way: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)

Even still, the road has been hard, and I often find myself impatiently waiting on the next thing. Looking back, I now see prior to any new thing God is about to do, there’s a waiting period. The lesson is to learn to embrace the waiting.

In her book When the Heart Waits, Sue Monk Kidd writes, “Whenever new life grows and emerges, darkness is crucial to the process. Whether it’s the caterpillar in the chrysalis, the seed in the ground, the child in the womb, or the True Self in the soul, there’s always a time of waiting in the dark.”

While I was writing, I learned to embrace the waiting. God was doing something new almost daily, it seemed, sometimes around me and sometimes within me. I learned waiting was critical to my own spiritual development and cannot be rushed. And I learned the journey is as important as the finish. For with every ending, there is always something new emerging.

“Waiting on Me enables you to glorify Me by living in deep dependence on Me, ready to do my will.”  –Jesus Calling, March 26

I wrote about this transformation in my book. “I could feel something changing inside me, a shift toward a more authentic self. I was moving back toward who God had created me to be. I am a disciple, a learner, and a follower of Jesus Christ. That means I am the student and God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is my teacher. I am still learning.”

As I welcome each new beginning and the waiting that comes along with it, I recognize I am that new beginning. As I continue to learn who God is and who God is in me, I am shifting toward that new creation we read about in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV), “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Today, I feel as if I am standing at another threshold. God is about to spring forth, and I am waiting. I flip open my daily devotional, Jesus Calling, for my daily dose of guidance. The words from July 14 pop out at me like a road sign pointing me home. 

“Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend.” – Jesus Calling, July 14

These surprises are our new beginnings. They wait for us. And sometimes, they are us.

Melissa H. Thompson has many roles: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, small business owner, church leader, community advocate, and non-profit volunteer. She and her husband Travis and their 14-year-old son Luke make their home in Thomasville, North Carolina.

You can follow Melissa through her website,, where you can also learn more about her book, The Me Disease.

25 thoughts on “Waiting for New Beginnings

  1. Simply amazing heartfelt words !! Melissa writes from the heart with you can “feel” with every word ! The way she blends her thoughts with powerful scripture is definitely noteworthy. Maybe she will be able to write more as this blog touched me deeply !! Powerful message ! Thanks

  2. If Melissa had not been obedient to God’s calling, just think of the blessing she would have missed

  3. Every day is a new beginning!! Melissa, thank you for the reminder that God’s timing is perfect and that waiting is a part of the journey. I loved your blog, it really spoke to me!! I hope to see more!!

  4. Beautifully written to touch deep within the soul. Melissa and Travis are such a blessing by their example of obedience to God. Love reading their weekly blogs.

  5. Melissa gets right to the point. I feel like all of her writing; the book, her blog and now this are just for me. Such a blessing that she shares her journey with us.

  6. This was wonderful. Melissa is my niece and I know personally that she lives what she writes. She is a great encourager and speaker. She loves Jesus and is a very respected member of her community.

  7. Your words always touch my heart as they are always from God to your hand. Waiting is so hard at times but His timing is perfect and He loves us and knows what is best. Looking forward to more words from God through you. Your obedience is such an awesome example for others and myself, thank you for being a loving, sincere and Godly woman.

  8. Wow! Melissa, you make me feel so deeply in my heart that there’s more to my story, something is coming that’s beyond even my wildest dreams. I just have to learn to sit and enjoy this wait before I get there. I’m not there yet for a reason – there’s something I’ve yet to learn or yet to go through. But it’s coming – and I can’t wait!

  9. Timely reminder of having faith to take the next step of obedience. The Lord can do more than we ask or imagine!

  10. Waiting. This is the toughest part of life when we are praying and longing for a change. It.s good to know He is in the waiting as well as the destination. This is a good, good reminder.

  11. My name is unknown…i love that u have realized that sometimes we have to wait .for Jesus ‘s calling..Im in a health situation where i must wait is so i understand completly..

  12. Beautifully written. I’ve always enjoyed Melissa’s blogs and this is just another example of the great writer she is. Her book details her struggles to be obedient to God and is very heartfelt. She has had many times of waiting, I’m sure, during this journey and through it all I’m most impressed with her obedience to Gods plan for her life. Thank you Melissa for your example!

  13. I read your Jesus Calling today, Sept 1, 2019, the beginning of a new month and new season. Our lives are all about new beginnings and we must be open and prayerful to accept the challenge, and serving opportunities that God leads us to. There he showers us the blessings and gifts . Thank you for this reminder to accept the challenge of new beginnings that come our way. ♥️

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