God used all of the beauty springing up around the yard and a thought shared at Bible study last night to serve as a reminder of God’s transforming power.
“Behold, I (Jesus) am making all things new.” (Rev 21:5) Notice, he doesn’t say he made all things new. The making is still in process.
The beauty and new life in God’s creation serves to remind us that Jesus is continually making things new. The pattern of renewal and rebirth that is evident in creation should draw my attention to his continual renewal of my heart.
“Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” (2 Cor. 4:16)
I am called to “love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength”(Mark 12:30)—but God is giving me strength.
I am called to be holy—but God is making me holy.
I feel the weight of my sin every day (including this moment-when I just snapped at the kids) but it is comforting to know that God is still doing a work in my heart. He is still transforming me into the likeness of his Son. He is still making me new. And he doesn’t give up.
Praising God for his continual renewal in nature… and in my heart.