Signs of new life everywhere
Spring ushers in winter’s rest
New life right at my door-
a perfectly crafted bird’s nest!
A warm spring morning prompted me to take a stroll through the neighborhood.
As I walked along, I looked for signs of spring- signs of new life buzzing around me. It’s not hard to see it. One good sniff and you can smell the pollen in the air, see the pear tree flower buds blowing in the breeze, and watch the kelly green leaves sprouting on tree branches. Birds are alive and well- singing their symphony for all to hear. It is a wonderful time of expectation- expecting the beautiful things that spring ushers in.
As my dog stopped to sniff the ground, I looked down at my feet and saw a patch of clovers. I remembered how much I love looking for 4 leaf clovers! I took a closer look, and lo and behold- I found a 5 leaf clover! What a special blessing to start the day! I used to lie in the grass for entire afternoons as a kid searching for 4 leaf clovers… and 5 leaf ones are definitely a treasured find!
Another beautiful sign of spring and new life…
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
The Lord has had me thinking about being a “new creation”- and what that looks like as a Christ follower. Am I living a life that represents the hope of the resurrected Jesus? And I started thinking about signs of new life in me…. do people see Him in me? His Hope? Peace? Joy? In my countenance, my words and actions? In the very way I am living out my life- do they see Christ in me?Am I a sign of His New Life- His Spirit at work in me?
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. Isaiah 43:19
He is always at work…doing a new thing. Am I surrendering to Him at all times and allowing Him to continuously work in me?
After a day of contemplating signs of new life, I found the most wonderful sign of new life-a baby bird’s nest nestled in the basket on my front door! In 17 years of marriage, I don’t recall ever having a bird’s nest around my home…and to find this at the start of Holy Week… God is most certainly in the little details!
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
But the best news of all is that He is risen! His Spirit is alive and well- living in each of us. The old has passed away and the new has already come. And He is making us new each day!
Lord, may I live my life out in such a way that people see the Hope of Jesus in me. May I surrender each day to You and allow You to bring new seasons into my life. I want to be in the center of Your will and serve You in all I do!