Saturday, February 22, 2014

Something New

"I love to think of nature as an 
unlimited broadcasting station 
through which God speaks to us 
every hour if we will only tune in."
George Washington Carver  
Yesterday I looked out our back window 
and saw this single blossom.
Like the young child who puts on his cape
and ventures out on a rainy day--
because there are bad guys to be fought
and good guys don't care about the weather--
this bud seemed to have some childlike quality.
It was as if this bud looked around and thought,
This is a damp and cold and dreary winter day.
Why not do something heroic?
Why not bloom when it is not expected?
Why not defy the odds?

These days have been a bit challenging
and I have been desperate to hear God.
He has told me He would show up  
in unexpected ways both 
with people and in places.

So this single flower was a message that
in the middle of circumstances which
have shown no signs of life,
He is breaking through with 
something new, something beautiful.

For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! 
Do you not see it?
Isaiah 43:19

See. He has already begun.
We have to have eyes to see it.
God will use everything around us 
to speak a word to us.
We just need to see Him in the midst.

He is always making things new.
That bloom was a reminder that
He is not defined by a season.
He is always breaking through and 
giving hope where it is needed.
Our hope is Him.

By taking a long and thoughtful look 
at what God has created, 
people have always been able to see 
what their eyes as such can’t see.
Romans 1:20

His beautiful creation pointed me up.
"Behold, I am doing a new thing."
I will keep looking until I perceive it.
What looks cold and dark and dreary to us
is just a perfect backdrop to pop a blossom,
a sign that He is living amongst us,
making all things new.
All the time.

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