The Old Things

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Yesterday was Christmas.

After family had visited and presents had been opened, I took some time to just walk around outside and take in a few moments of quiet and beauty.

I walked in the yard.

Making my way down the street a bit, I looked over the land near a farm.

The sky was filled with powdery hues of creamy peach as the sun was beginning to set in the late afternoon.

Where I live, it’s warm most of the year, sometimes even on Christmas.

So was the case yesterday.

The air conditioner had been on to help us feel comfortable.

Outside, the leaves on the trees had not completely fallen.

In many ways, it seemed like a warm, autumn day as the crimson red leaves still clung to the branches above me, even as some had dropped to the grass and sidewalk.

In just a matter of days, “Happy New Year!” will be the greeting on everyone’s lips.

2016 will have become the old and 2017 will be ushered in as the new.

Just like the red leaf on the concrete, the old ways have to part from our lives as we become followers of Jesus.

We become new, and God brings newness of life every day.

A new heart.

A new beginning.

A new existence in relationship with Him.

 

 

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Seasons

 

 

 

He changes times and seasons;
    He deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
 He reveals deep and hidden things;
    He knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.

 

–Daniel 2:21-22

 

 

As I walked along the wooden deck, I stopped to look at some fallen leaves.

It’s that time of year again when the trees begin to let go of their leaves and prepare for winter.

In doing so, we are blessed with seeing a vast array of autumn colors for several weeks, heralding a time of dormancy and rest for almost every plant and tree.

Spring will come after a period of waiting, bringing with it a new and vibrant growth.

Seasons in our lives are not always defined by aging.

God brings us in and out of various types of seasons.

Seasons of growth.

Seasons of learning.

Seasons when wisdom is given.

There are seasons when we have to let go of some responsibilities in order to take on new ones.

These seasons are defined by God.

With each passing interval, we can say, “This is different–but it’s okay.”

Whether we are at a season in life’s journey where we are a vibrant green leaf attached to a branch or a vibrant red leaf lying on a deck, we are in a particular place at a particular time where we can be used by God.

What season of faith are you in today?

 

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While the Earth Remains

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While walking in the park, I noticed a branch that had fallen to the ground.

Crimson red outlined some of the leaves.

Once again, God is continuing to bring about seasons.

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While the earth remains,

seedtime and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

day and night,

shall not cease.

—Genesis 8:22

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A Brother or Sister in Need

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If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

—1 John 3:17-18

I think God puts thoughts into our minds sometimes.

When my husband came home from work today, he was in a great mood.

He said it was a beautiful day and we should go somewhere and enjoy it.

I responded by suggesting that we go to a lakeside park and watch the sun set.

After we had been at the park for only a few minutes, we met a woman on the boardwalk who had a need.

My husband and I were able to help her with what she was needing.

We were there at just the right time.

The time, I believe, that God wanted us to be there.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God cares so much for us that He will bring people to us when we need them?

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In Due Season

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Where I live, oranges are ready for picking around Christmas time.

Of course, there are other crops that are in season then, as well as many in October and November.

There are berry picking farms in my area.

Even corn fields.

One thing is worth noting—

No matter how hard we would want it to happen, the oranges aren’t going to be ready to eat three months earlier than normal.

The berries aren’t going to be ripe enough to eat three months before their time, either.

The corn isn’t good until each stalk has had the proper time to mature.

The Bible has this to say in the book of Galatians:

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

—Galatians 6:9

Farmers can’t give up on their crops before the appointed time of their maturity.

They just have to trust that in time, they will see the fruits of their labor.

It’s that way with us.

We just can’t give up….

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Contentment Is Not In Wealth

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If I lived in the biggest house I could imagine with the finest of furnishings, but I knew things were not right between me and God, would I be content?

If I drove the finest car on the market, but I knew things were not right between me and God, would I be content?

If I could travel around the world to see the most magnificent sights known to man, but I knew things were not right between me and God, would I be content?

If I were famous, and millions of people applauded my accomplishments, but I knew things were not right between me and God, would I be content?

Would you?

But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.

—Psalm 17:15

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Summer and Winter

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The leaf had fallen to the deck below with its underside up.

Like a satellite image of an intricate roadway system, the veins that had once brought life-giving food and water to the leaf still formed patterns of strength along its blade.

Tiny water droplets glistened like tiny streetlights along the way.

The leaf would eventually die, making way for the new growth of another season.

A cycle of life put into motion by God.

You determined all the boundaries of the earth.
    You created summer and winter.

—Psalm 74:17

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Summer and Winter

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It’s that in-between time of year.

The time of year when the thermometer has the most fun moving twenty degrees up and down every day.

I guess, for thermometers, it’s roller coaster season.

Will it be hot?

Cold?

Windy?

You never know.

The leaves on some of the trees have turned golden and brown, scattered on the sidewalk like coins in a treasure chest.

That seems like autumn to me.

The rose bush that towers above the sidewalk isn’t up for the change as yet, though.

Right now, two crimson roses are blooming, just like it was the middle of summer.

The bright red color highlights the walkway up to the front door.

Winter will just have to wait, at least for a little while longer.

I wonder why God made the seasons?

Was it to mimic our lives as we grow older, only with an invitation for new birth in Christ?

It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
    you made both summer and winter.

—-Psalm 74:17

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