Even on a cloudy day as it is today, my spring self is ready for new. There is something about staring at the bare branches of trees for enough days that you are more than ready to see that tiny green bud appear on the branches. When you spot a tree or bush flowering it is like finding the greatest treasure. Oh, I see color! I see petals of yellow or pink! I saw both last week. I cannot help myself but to write about spring again this week because it is what is stirring hope in me. I think the bird songs are what begin to stir up our hope for new. While it is still cold, the birds begin their songs, cheering us up that something new is around the corner.
Spring means new in my mind. They are one and the same. It is not only in nature that I begin to witness signs of new, but I feel it within myself too. I am ready to go outside with the freedom of no shoes, or at least sandals and without the burden of a heavy winter coat. I have more motivation within me for beginning or trying something new. New seems more possible now than it does in the middle of winter. Perhaps, it is really the birds cheering me on that new things are indeed possible within me too. Spring almost feels like another new year, doesn’t it? It feels like another chance to take a step towards a dream or to go after that thing that has only been a thought in the back of my mind.
There are words that keep coming back into my thoughts as I have a moment to pause. They are, “Whoever is in Christ is a NEW CREATION, The old way of living has disappeared. A NEW way of living has come into existence”.*
I have heard this verse before. But, somehow, right now, this spring, I can actually receive them. I love how we can read the same words in the Bible, but all of a sudden they are completely new to our ears, minds and imaginations. They really are living, they are what we need right in that season.
In this spring of 2018 I guess I need to hear that NEW is possible. That new is possible for me, even in the areas that seem stubborn to change. This new does not feel scary, like change often does, but this new feels right, like jeans that fit just perfectly.
I am a new creation. You are a new creation. There are no limits, the new belongs to whoever is in Christ. If you are not in Christ, well, come right in, and say yes to this Jesus Christ who welcomes new for everyone. Our old way of living has disappeared. Our old patterns of shame, guilt, negative self talk or whatever yuck you have agreed with in the past have disappeared my friend. It is no longer. We are not stuck. A NEW way living has come into existence. This new way of living is one of love, forgiveness, healing, and growth. It is good.
You are a new creation.
I am a new creation.
Oh Father, may that sink in deeper than anything else. May the old way not feel strong any longer but give us the strength to say no to that old way when it tries to come knock on our door. It no longer belongs to us. You have overcome it! It is not our reality anymore! Yay! The new way of living, your way living, your way of love is now here and with us. We say yes completely to this NEW way. Amen.
*From 2 Corinthians 5:16-21