I’d include a photo alongside this blog entry if I weren’t showered with perspiration and wearing little sticks and leaves as hair accessories! It would definitely be humbling and quite a good laugh, to say the least, but right now I just want to sit inside and cool off! Wonder what I’ve been doing?
It was time to do the seasonal walk through the ivy in the front and back of our house and trim the growth creeping ever closer to the tree trunks. Steady in my work boots and armed with my trusty pruning shears, I cut a fresh line in the ivy, pulled up the strangling pieces, and put them in our large gardening container. Tree by tree, I went. The tree branches above me swaying in the breeze, seemingly clapping their leaves with thanks for the new freedom at the base of the trunks.
Our next job is to lay asphalt patch along one edge of our steep driveway. Rain has eroded the rock and soil and, short of a total redo, the patch option seems like a good way to prolong the driveway’s life. Later this afternoon, we’ll make it “new-ish”.
Last night my computer got a total reboot–a technical re-new. (I definitely can’t go into details on that as I absolutely don’t understand all that our tech-savvy son did, but the end result was great: I can print again!)
And last week, I started a new job and the first of six weeks of training.
That’s a lot of new!
But none of that really matters, does it? What I have that’s new or do in a new way or remake into a new something pales in comparison to what God has done. Let’s read 2 Corinthians 5:17:
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
I will do my best for His glory while here on earth, and when I’m overwhelmed, frustrated, impatient, or upset, I’ll try to remember He has made you and me NEW. We are to be confromed to the likeness of Christ, not left in our overwhelmed, frustratrated, impatient, and upset states. (Romans 8:29, Romans 12:2, and 1 Peter 1:14. See them all at the link: Conformed to Christ)
In the same way, what I have that’s new or do in a new way or remake into a new something pales in comparison to what God will do. Look into the first verses of Revelation 21:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'”
So when everything seems to be going along smoothly and times are bright, I like to remind myself, that even this sparkling Great Good Time will be nothing compared to that Revelation 21 version of all things new.
Wow! Imagine that with me! Don’t we hunger for His nearness?
Let’s seek His wisdom. Let’s fill our minds with His words. Let’s move our feet and hands in service to Him by serving others for His glory!
And here comes the reality of that call to serve: my sweet husband stands before me holding a tamping tool and a sun hat. It’s time to help make that driveway “new-ish”.
I close my eyes for a moment and smile, savoring my imagination’s glimpse of heaven and drawing a deep breath of cool air.
And that’s where I will leave you on this exceptionally hot, almost summer afternoon–not in the ivy or in the training room or even on the driveway, but always looking forward to eagerly anticipating that day of God’s awesome “All Things New”!