Revelations 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Lamentations 3:21-25 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.
A couple of days ago we decided to take an afternoon walk around our eighty acres to look for spring blossoms. I took my camera with me to capture the moments as I am always excited about the birth of spring each year. It seems that everything is dismal and gray for a few months, and then all of a sudden a little green leaf sprouts here and then another one there. Flowers and trees begin to put on new growth, and the world around us begins to change. It becomes new. Yes, my friends, spring is preparing to make its debut, and I can hardly wait. It is my favorite time of year. All the trees and barren landscapes gradually but surely become green and colorful. The birds begin singing their songs with purpose. The whole earth seems to burst forth with new life.
We too have been living in a long, dreadful winter. I’m not speaking of the outdoor temperatures. No, we have been dealing with a long, dreadful winter season of life, and it doesn’t look like spring is coming anytime soon for us. However, as Christians, we know that it is coming. We can hang our hats on that. We can not let this winter season in our lives consume us. I know the current winter of our hearts has been a long one. It has been cold, irritating, and seemingly barren at times, but we can not forget the beauty that lies above it all. Our sovereign Lord is still on the throne, and He has promised us that He will return to gather us home some day. Can you even imagine what a wondrous spring day that will be as we come out of this long, dreadful winter we have come to know as our lives recently?
We are seeing the promise of spring coming anew every morning. With each passing day, we see the announcement of spring. Our peach and pear trees and blueberry bushes have blooms covering them right now, and the appearance of these beautiful blossoms hanging on gray, leafless trees is nothing short of amazing. I can not help but be awestruck at the beauty of God’s creation. Everything is gray and dark, and then suddenly the rich colors of spring appear with vibrant pinks, yellow, and bright white blossoms. Currently, when we look around, we see a dark, gray world. We see tragedy and chaos. We see sadness and grief. We are seeing the Bible unfold right before our very eyes, and there are going to be a few birth pains as we await the arrival of our King. It is probably going to get a whole lot darker before the arrival of our King, but we need not fret or worry. We have the promise of a new spring, a new life, and I almost feel like if I stand on my tippy toes I can see it coming.
The wait is not easy. We are so excited about the return of our King, and the long winter that we are enduring is lasting much longer than we would like for it to. We may be getting tired, but we can not grow weary. We can trust that a new season full of new life is just over the horizon. Our faith assures us that we can hang on as long as it takes because we know that winter doesn’t last forever. Be on the lookout, Peeps! Spring is coming and so is our King!
I think I’ll go plant a few flowers while I wait…