Last week, the daffodils burst into full bloom around the edges of our backyard. Right on cue, these bright yellow flowers announced that spring had arrived. It was such a curious contradiction to the “shutting down” of our society and lives due to Coronavirus, I just had to stop and take a picture. What a gorgeous and compelling reminder of the power of creation’s renewal… And of God’s power to make things new!
From beginning to end, the Scriptures proclaim God’s power to make things new!
“God saw everything he made: it was supremely good.” (Genesis 1:31, CEB)
“Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up… I’m making a way in the desert paths in the wilderness.” (Isaiah 43:19, CEB)
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, CEB)
“Then I saw a new heaven and new earth… ‘Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind… God himself will be with them as their God.’” (Revelation 21:1-3)
Steven Curtis Chapman says it this way in his song “All Things New.” (Listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhpQN9JXNXA )
You (God) make all things new…
You redeem and You transform.
You renew and You restore.
You make all things new…
And forever we will watch and worship You.
No matter how much things seem to be shutting down, turning off, getting dark, or losing life around you… remember God has, God is, and God will make all things new. Just watch!