We just made it through a really tough winter. If you don’t live in the Midwest, I’m not sure you can understand this, but you should feel a bit sorrier for us than you probably do. I’ll give you the recap: it was dreary and long and snowy and long and frigid and long . . . the kind of winter where my husband asks me the question, “Why do we live in a place where the air hurts our faces?” One of my typical answers to this question he asks more often than he should is that I really like the fact that we have seasons. And aside from the endless mud the kids drag into the house and aside from sitting in the rain for endless track meets, spring is in my final four of favorite seasons. After experiencing the cold, bleak days of winter, those tiny buds springing from the ground and the tiny blossoms on the trees never cease to amaze me. These are witnesses to new life, awakening from a long winter sleep. We get to see firsthand God’s promises coming to literal fruition every year.
God is in the renovation business—it’s just one of his many lines of work. When we open the Bible, we first see God in the creation business, making all things out of nothing. And it was all very good . . . until we wrecked it (“Kids these days. . . . this is why we can’t have nice things!”). Seeing the need for services only he could provide, God opened up his renovation business, making us new creations. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
With the gift of spring, God shows us that he has not abandoned his creation, but has wholly given himself to the work of redeeming it. “This is what the LORD says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: . . . I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:2,3). What a promise! He made everything, he formed us in the womb, but he doesn’t stop there. He sustains and cares for the land, and he continues to bless us and pour out his Spirit on us.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that everything on the earth is now perfect and whole again. Not yet. For now, there are still troubles. For now, we still have to endure pain and hardships and death . . . and winter. But this too is a gift. One that makes us painfully aware that this is not our home; we yearn for the world to come. As we read in Romans 8:22,23, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” But here’s the good news: while we are doing all that groaning and waiting for God to make all things new, we get glimpses of this newness at times like spring. This season shows us traces of creation’s former glories and gives us glimpses of heaven. What a gift from God. Every year! Every year we get to celebrate the new life springing forth from the ground. Every year we get to celebrate Jesus springing forth from the tomb, and we look forward to our own resurrection and new life in Jesus.
Missy lives in Green Bay, WI, with her husband, Jon, where they own and run Copper State Brewing Company. She homeschools their four active children, oftentimes at the brewery, and they somehow keep learning in spite of her. Missy loves witty banter, adventures of all sorts, and coffee . . . lots of coffee. And Jesus . . . lots of Jesus.
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