Food for thought
It’s about time!
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:18-21)
Grace and Peace, from God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Finally! Spring is in the air! Even though winter might still be trying to hang on, spring is coming! I don’t know about you, but this year I have been waiting with great anticipation for the season of spring… the season of new life. It is wonderful and invigorating to see that the days are becoming longer and brighter. Lawns turn from brown and tired to fresh and green, and we can see the first green shimmering in the trees and gardens. And I can hear the loud chirping, and singing, and croaking of birds in the trees of the cemetery next to my place – loudly welcoming spring. There is no stopping. New life breaks forth all around us.
What a delight to walk through the neighbourhood and parks without having to bundle up, and taking in spring smells, and air, and light, and noticing all these changes around us at this time of year… even when the weather might not be perfect.
With the warmer weather, many people also feel a greater love for life and more adventurous. Something new is coming! New beginnings all around!
In this time of year, something of the very nature of God is revealed. God, the Creator is creating. For God not only created the world and all that is in it a looooooooong time ago, but God has not stopped and is constantly creating new things and new life. We are still in the season of Easter… the season of the empty tomb… the season of resurrection life! And spring is one of the many visible signs of the new life God gives.
And we, too, know of this ever-creating, life-giving God. When we have come through times of grief, despair, or when we might have given up hope, we have experienced the power of new life within us… life that God gives to us.
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
These are the words that God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah is inviting the exiles, "Look around, for God is doing something!" They have been exiled for a long time, and had lost all hope of ever returning home. And Isaiah calls out to them making an important point: “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. Don’t live in the past.”
That counts for us, too. Hanging on to what was reveals that we are not reconciled with what lies behind us. Looking back prevents us from seeing life right in front of our eyes, and life unfolding. “Cherish the present, live in the moment, and look ahead,” Isaiah says.
For God creates new life - now, in this moment! And we are witnesses of the power of new life bursting forth from a long dark winter.
May God open your eyes to see new resurrection life happening all around you, and may God fill you with delight and hope this spring season.