Isaiah 43:19 (CEB) says, "Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness ..."
It is hard to believe that spring is almost here, but it is. The official first day of spring is March 20, 2017. Spring training is in full swing, spring break is next week, and this Sunday we spring forward, moving our clocks forward an hour, so that we get more daylight at the end of our days.
Spring is in the air. My trees that have been bare for a couple of months are blooming. White flowers are springing up in my beds. I love watching life return to plants that have looked dead. We have a God who is always up to doing new things. Winter changes into spring, spring to summer, and summer to fall.
The change of the season is a reminder of what God does in our lives, too. Just like seasonal changes in nature, we too are constantly moving, growing, and changing. How beautiful and complex is our human design that we don't stay stagnant, but continually develop and mature?
But sometimes in order to come into a new season and to grow in our faith, we have to let go of the old one. Verse 18 in Isaiah 43 says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past." Sometimes this means letting go of past hurts, past struggles, and past relationships. And sometimes this means we have to give ourselves time to grieve in order to move forward. We may have to let ourselves feel the loss, be sad for a little while, and talk to someone who can help us move through this season. After we've grieved, we can pick ourselves up and start looking ahead once again.
During this season of Lent, as spring starts to surface and the trees begin to bloom, let’s remember that God is indeed doing a new thing. Let’s let go of old things, those things that need to go away, and open ourselves to what God has for us in this season. Let’s expect that there are good things to come.
God has beautiful plans for your life, and He’s always working on your behalf. As flowers adorn the trees once again and fresh grass rises up from the ground, I pray that new strength and vigor emerge in your spirit as well.
P.S. Keep reading the Gospel of John. I look forward to seeing you in worship as we continue our sermon series, I AM.