I backed out of my driveway Thursday morning and happened to glance down at my phone charging in the console of the car.

It tells me on Sundays how many minutes it will take to get to the south side of Princeton, where I worship.

When I leave church, it tells me how many minutes it will take to get to the south end of White County, Illinois, where I spend time with Dad each week.

Through the work week, the phone displays an estimate of the minutes it will take to get to The Daily Clarion office. Creature of habit that I am, I back out of my driveway on Pine Street, head a half block east to Gibson Street, and travel a few blocks south to its intersection with Broadway, as I’ve done for more than two decades.

But this past week, I’ve been mindful of the change. Since our office has moved to the corner of Hart and Broadway — where we have a great view of our beautiful Gibson County Courthouse — my phone has caught up with my new work route more quickly than my mental driving habit has.

I back out and go west a half block, south on Prince to Broadway, hit the traffic light and go west a couple of blocks to the southwest corner of the square.

We’ve been settling in to our new “digs,” really enjoying the natural light filtering through the windows and fitting into our new neighborhood downtown.

But my early morning self is a creature of habit, and I find as I’m backing out of the driveway, I have to look at that phone to remind myself I’m taking a different route to another place.

I don’t “live” at the end of the old route any more. But I admit, when you’ve been associated with a place as long as I have, it takes a few days for the change to sink in.

That switch also applies to my walk with Jesus. There are times when I start to “go” places in my thoughts — and the Holy Spirit reminds me I don’t live there anymore.

In the book of Isaiah, chapter 43, I am reminded in verse 19 that God is doing “something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and grows and matures ...” It’s a promise that the best is yet ahead in my life in Christ.

God does a new thing in us at the moment of our salvation and He does not stop doing new things in our lives. Sometimes those things are gradual. Sometimes they’re abrupt changes. But they are always part of His perfect and good plan.

I may not know where I’m traveling early in the morning without a little reminder from my phone — but the Holy Spirit always reminds me of where I live. I live with Him!

Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com.

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

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