Springtime is such a hopeful, joyful season–
new sprouts come to dead wood
new colors bloom in tired landscapes
The spring season in our life is also full of joy–
a new marriage
a new baby
and full of hope–
a new class, a new habit
a new start.
But new isn’t always joyful or hopeful.
Sometimes new is unsettling–
in a new job, a new neighborhood, a new country
Sometimes new is uncomfortable–
in new shoes
or with new construction.
Sometimes new is painful–
from a new family configuration because of graduation
Throughout scripture, however, when God promises something new, it is always joyful and hopeful:
a new name
a new heart
a new spirit
a new creation
a new birth
a new life
a new covenant
a new commandment
a new way
It’s the newness of growth where there was stagnation,
the newness of life where there once was death,
the newness of healing where there once was pain.
And it’s the ultimate promise,
“I make all things new.” [Revelations 21:5]
Where is God bringing new growth in your life?
What new compassions has God given to you today? [Lamentations 3:22-23]
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.