The Pain of New

This title may seem odd to you that new would be painful. Think about it with me for a minute. New (or best said stronger) muscle requires pain. For my wife to give birth within the next week or so, it will require pain. As we are giving birth to new, it is painful. If you are like me, you enjoy new – new clothes, new books, new keepsakes, etc. There still comes the pain of letting my money go (if I have the money) to buy it.

Yesterday, I posted the song “New Wine” by Hillsong. Note these lyrics:

New Wine

Words and Music by Brooke Ligertwood


In the crushing

In the pressing

You are making new wine

In the soil I now surrender

You are breaking new ground


So I yield to You and to Your careful hand

When I trust You I don’t need to understand


Make me Your vessel

Make me an offering

Make me whatever You want me to be

I came here with nothing

But all You have given me

Jesus bring new wine out of me


In the crushing

In the pressing

You are making new wine

In the soil I now surrender

You are breaking new ground


You are breaking new ground


Where there is new wine

There is new power

There is new freedom

The Kingdom is here

I lay down my old flames

To carry Your new fire today

The new comes from crushing and pressing. Sometimes we have to be pressed and crushed in order to produce what is new and best in our lives. Though the process may be painful, the product will be powerful. Keep the end in mind. God will give you grace in the meantime.

15 thoughts on “The Pain of New

  1. I have always found pain in the new:
    New babies (aside from giving birth) demand sleep-depriving attention
    New Jobs involve making mistakes as we navigate new territory
    New Home in a new city involves the pain of separation from the familiar.
    My ROTC instructor used to make us shout: pain is weakness leaving my body. As We experience pain, God develops strength within us—if we just submit.

  2. New can be fun and exciting, depending on the situation. But new can scary and uncertain. I’ve experienced A LOT of new over the last several years, since my husband passed away. It’s mostly been then kind of new that is scary and uncertain. But, as I’ve experienced the pain (like you said) I’ve also felt the growth. Still learning to submit and surrender. Love this post.

  3. At 10:09 p.m. last night, I got this message from you. At 4:30 a.m., I received an email from another blogger titled “New Assignments.” I know that isn’t a coincidence… I wish I weren’t dreading whatever it is, but surprises have never been good things.

      1. Thought I would share another coincidence I heard while listening to a Darrell Scott sermon the last couple of hours. He mentioned John 16:21: “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” Scott said you’ve been pregnant with possibility. Delivery time is here.
        I’ll save the rest for the memoir…

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