“The Enthroned continued, ‘Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down – each word dependable and accurate’.” ( Revelation 21:5)
The above bible passage is so well known and quoted many times. It is a glimpse of the future, the time where all our tears will be wiped away, no more crying, no more pain, no more death. We cannot even comprehend what that will look like….
Yet, having said that, this verse is not only about the future, there is also the promise for the here and now. Through Jesus’ death we receive new life, new perspective, new hope!
Spring is for me the ultimate example of “NEW”. Could I believe, that the Peachtree in my backyard, who looked completely dead, would become this blossoming tree? (See picture).
The word “LOOK”, struck me in the above verse. Do we LOOK for the moments of hope that can bring new things? Let me tell a story that recently happened…
She is young and has experienced a lot of trouble. She does not live in the country where she was born. And in the country where she is at the moment, she has no status. What they call “illegal”. What triggered me about this girl was “her bag”. It struck me, that she carried her bag everywhere she went. Her bag seemed everything to her: her only possession, her identity, her safety, her household, her escape… I realized, that through all that this girl had gone through, she was left with only “outside” security.
Then somebody reached out to her and offered her not only a place to live but a home. A home that would give her new hope in life, new perspective. Then several people came and worked for a day in the garden. The young woman came to our surprise also outside and we noticed, that for the first time, she had left her bag inside! What a sign of hope that she dared to let go of her bag, the start of new things to come!
It seemed so small, but our eyes SAW this as a huge step of new beginnings!Let us renew our faith in the God, Who says that He can make ALL things new!!!
Prayer of Response:
“God, help us to see what You are doing and anoint our eyes again. In our good and difficult days, help us to proclaim that You can make ALL things new. Amen.”
—Submitted by Mathilde Companjen