God’s promise of new life

As I walked by Gilman’s prayer garden recently, I was caught up in the beauty blossoming there.

The sky was a brilliant shade of blue; the grass was a lush green. There were splashes of bright color everywhere–the yellow of the daffodils, the pink of the hyacinth, the red and purple tulips, the pink and green of the rose of Sharon.

After this winter of snow, cold, and flooding, the beauty of Spring is even more dazzling. One would have to be blind not to notice the gift of God’s awakening creation around us.

As I looked at the garden, the words of Jesus came to my mind: “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelation 21:5) “Behold, I make all things new” is the promise of the new heaven and earth, when God’s people will live in the very presence of God, and there will be no more tears or death or pain. I thought, “Wow, if this prayer garden is beautiful now, I can’t imagine how beautiful it will be then.”

What a promise God has given us!

But then I realized, God will not only keep this promise in the future, but God is keeping his promise to make all things new here and now.

Each spring, God reminds us of this. So many things remind us of the new beginnings God gives us here and now, including the birth of babies and each fresh start we receive with his forgiveness.

Each Easter we remember God’s promise of new beginnings. The resurrection power, which raised Jesus from a dark, cold tomb, is available to us here and now as we live in this world. We do not have to wait until that glorious day when God brings a new heaven and earth, for God makes possible new beginnings and fresh possibilities every day.

“Behold, I make all things new!” This is God’s promise for you and me today! Even on the coldest, grayest day of winter, we can remember this promise.

Even during a tragedy or a sorrow in our lives, we can remember this promise.

Even when all hope seems gone and we can’t imagine how anything could be new again, we can remember this promise. For God’s promise is real and true.

Spring reminds me of this today.

There is no circumstance in our lives from which God’s resurrection power cannot bring us new life. Not one! God’s promise is our sure hope, not just for some far away tomorrow, but for today.

May each spring bud, may each flower remind us of God’s promise of new life. And may that promise be the sure hope to which we cling on the darkest day.

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