2 Corinthians 5:17-20 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
Colossians 3:10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE SPRING! Spring has to be my absolute favorite time of the year. It is the newness of life that I love most about spring. After suffering through cold, gray winter days, new life begins to appear. The trees blossom out with bright new green leaves. The grass slowly changes from brown to green. The birds start singing before daybreak, and they continue to sing their songs of praise all day long. Yesterday, I worked the morning hours in the clinic, but came home and truly enjoyed an afternoon off with my sweet husband. He took me to lunch, and then he treated me to a well past due pedicure. Afterwards, we rode over to feed the calves on the side by side. The grassy fields are beautifully green, and the grass is so thick. We do indeed have some very happy cows here at Hodge Lodge. After feeding and checking in on the cattle, we came back home, made coffee, and went out the the back deck to relax. I laid in the hammock and looked around and just soaked in the beauty all around me. Everything is so pretty right now. The temperature was perfect in the high 70s. The creek below the deck was trickling gently, and the birds were singing their little hearts out. I’ve been to some beautiful places in my life, and I’ve seen some beautiful country, but nothing on this side of heaven feels as good as my own personal little vacation spot on the back deck of our home. All of the worries of the world are gently washed away with the trickling flow of our little Whitesand Creek.
Yes, my friends, spring is the best season for me. It’s not too cold, and it hasn’t gotten too hot just yet. I almost wish it could stay this temperature all year long. I do wish we could enjoy spring all year, but as I think about that wish, I realize that we actually can. With God, every single day we walk on this earth, we can enjoy spring. We can enjoy the newness of life with our Savior. The old gray worries of yesterday can be washed away by the love and grace of our Father. It’s true, y’all. Every day we can enjoy spring when we begin to celebrate our salvation on a daily basis. We should be singing His praises louder than those birds. We should wake up each morning and rejoice in the new day recognizing that our sovereign Lord has given us one more day in this old body to share the Good News. Every day we wake up and are given the opportunity to celebrate the newness of life of one more day. We must not dread the tasks of the day, but rather enjoy the new opportunities that our Lord will present us with each day.
Winter will come again, but we must not dread the cold, gray days. When we have a relationship with the Creator, we can celebrate spring every single day! Do you know the Creator and giver of life? If you don’t, let today be the day that you get to know Him personally. Join in the celebration! Spring is here, and with Christ, every day is spring!