A New Thing

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

—Isaiah 43:9

 

Many years ago, an elderly neighbor helped me to plant some flowers in my front yard.

The flowers we planted actually came from her yard.

She was sharing what she had with me.

The flowers that we planted bloomed a dark pink, as I recall.

In the years that followed, the flowers began to come back from the new seeds that had fallen in a new color–yellow.

My kind neighbor has since passed away, but the flowers she helped me plant have now spread to a sizeable area in my yard.

Dark pink, light pink and yellow.

The investment she made in our yard was really an investment in our friendship.

The plants that are thriving now came from that original day when she brought over her flowers.

The yellow ones were a new surprise when they first bloomed.

God is the Creator of new things.

New situations.

New hope.

New life.

New joy.

Sometimes, when all we’ve known is pink, we are pleasantly surprised by the yellow.

God is at work.

Can you see it?

 

 

 

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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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A New Thing

The wildflowers blooming near the lake caught my attention.

Pausing to photograph them, I noticed that some blooms on the stem had withered and died.

I hadn’t given it that much thought until tonight.

As I looked at the image of the flowers, I could see several of the blooms that had become brown and shriveled, but also the new white ones that were dazzling and bright.

Among those, I also noticed the flowers that were yet to burst forth, just waiting for the appointed time.

In Isaiah 43:19, God says,

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Time is moving forward for all of us and God is in each moment of time.

As situations change, we sometimes have to let go.

There are times when one opportunity withers, yet another is right before us.

If we could see what God sees, we would know that He has other opportunities waiting to bloom–ready to burst forth, at their appointed time.

This photograph is now a comfort for me.

An illustration of God’s activity in our lives.

One chapter closes as another unfolds.

At the time of God’s choosing, the new will come.

 

 

 

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Nothing New

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Several years ago, something new arrived on the store shelves.

Delicate strands that looked almost like a brush came alive with light on their tips.

The strands were connected to a base and the light show was fascinating to watch.

Introducing——–fiber optics.

Actually, the fiber optic “lamps” purchased as conversation pieces for the home may have been the next new thing on the market, but fiber optics had been on a few select scientists’ minds for decades.

Today, fiber optics are used a lot in the world of technology and communication.

But, is anything new under the sun?

As I walked along a trail deck, I came across some unusual looking pink blooms.

They looked like the fiber optic lamps in the stores years ago.

What were they?

After researching them online, I found their identification: Mimosa microphylla.

Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?

Whatever the name, God had made a plant that produced pick strands topped with white, marshmallow-looking tips.

I wonder if the very early developers of fiber optics had ever pondered this plant and its likeness?

If I wanted to, I could purchase an intriguing fiber optic lamp for a table or desk in my home.

If I wanted to, I could walk out on a trail and find intriguing flowers that almost glow with pink in the sunshine.

There is nothing we can develop, invent, adapt or manufacture that God has not allowed us to.

He knew all about it first…..

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