Around this cute little space of the interwebz, I love to talk about fresh starts. I love the fresh start of the new year, the fresh start of Mondays, and the fresh start of each new day! But you know what else I love? The fresh start that comes with Spring.
Spring is a time of blooming flowers, new vegetable gardens, fresh grass, and little baby leaves on trees. It's a time of pristine, mild, and crisp air. It's a time of allergies, which only means that flowers are being pollinated so that more beauty will come.
But you want to know one of the most beautiful things about Spring? It is a vivid testament to what God has done and is doing in the hearts, minds, and lives of His followers!
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that if we are in Christ (saved, redeemed, followers of Jesus) then we are a new creation. And honestly, even though I've seen lovely pictures, paintings, and tracts depicting Christians as a beautiful butterfly that has emerged from it's cocoon, I am still far more enamored with the metaphor of Spring newness being like the new birth of a Christian.
Interestingly enough, the metaphor doesn't stop there. It actually extends on into our lives in a deep and impactful way. You see, God is constantly at work in the lives of His children (Phil. 2:13), even after we have come into His family.
He works on us and helps us become who we were created to be, and He works in our lives to work all things, even the really tough things, for good (Romans 8:28). And just like the Spring comes after the long, harsh winter, growth, maturity, strength, and joy come after a long, tumultuous trial.
See, once we are saved, we are constantly being molded more and more into the new creation- the peculiar treasure- we were created to become. Our dry, dead, barren lives are constantly becoming more full, alive, rich, and, you guessed it, NEW.
And just as winter isn't made (in most places) to last forever, neither are our trials, our dryness, or our struggles. The length and depth of our trials may vary, but God always has a plan of redemption for His people, and He always sets us free eventually (whether in this life, or the eternal one to come). Winter is only a season. Spring is bound to come.
So if you are a new Christian, know that you are a beautiful new creation. You are blooming, you are budding, and you have the potential to thrive just like the Spring season.
If you have been a believer for years, know that you are still being made new every day. God doesn't give up on you, so don't you go giving up on yourself, kay?
And if you are not a follower of Jesus, know that you can be. You can experience the newness of Spring in your own soul, and have a Redeemer who will never leave your side.