For brides preparing what they will wear for their wedding, there is an old saying used to be sure everything is in place for their special day: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This tradition first appeared in print in 1883 and included ‘a silver sixpence in her shoe’ which has since been dropped from the saying.
But I love it because it reminds me of one of my favorite verses of scripture from Isaiah 43:19.
“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
In this verse, the word ‘new’ means something fresh or unheard of. What God said He would do was unheard of, but it was going to be fresh. When I think of something fresh, I think of something good and wonderful. Like fresh pastries straight out of the oven with a fragrant aroma you simply cannot resist. Or like fresh flowers from the garden sweetening the air with their fragrance.
The roadway of this verse is referring to a course of life or a mode of action. The river flows through the dry places and seasons of life. God is promising a new way of life. The Prophet Isaiah was proclaiming God’s promise to do something new in the barren hearts of people. That something new is life in Christ.
You could even use the bride’s saying to identify what Isaiah is talking about because we, as believers, are the bride of Christ.
- Something Old – The old nature that was buried with Christ. – Romans 6:4
- Something New – The new nature raised to walk in newness of life – Ephesians 4:24
- Something Borrowed – The word of God through the Holy Bible used to teach us about Him and how to live. It is not our word, it is His word written for us to know Him. It is not just for one, but for all. – Acts 12:24
- Something Blue – Blue was used in the tabernacle and in making the priestly garments. It was a reminder to the people of God’s covenant with Israel. It was used on the fringes of their robes and on tassels. It is a royal color representing the majesty of God. Blue is still used today as the color identifying Israel on their flag. Therefore, something blue for the bride of Christ is to be a reminder of our relationship with Him. – Genesis 17:2
As the bride of Christ, we are to adorn ourselves in preparation for Jesus our bridegroom and the day when we will meet Him face to face. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I don’t about you, but I don’t want to meet Him with dirt on my face, but rather washed clean through a relationship with Him and the power of the blood He shed for me on the cross.
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 NKJV