IT HAD BEEN YEARS SINCE I DROVE DOWN HWY 99 TO MY HIGH SCHOOL STOMPING GROUNDS. I was on my way to pick up a forever friend for a girls weekend. It had been too long since we had the opportunity to deeply connect. Kids, activities, ministry, and distance have a way of causing years to pass quickly.
The scenery around me ministered to my soul. I turned the dial down on Chris Tomlin’s song, “How Great is our God”, and began to sing my own. A new song.
I thanked God for the green, green trees. I thanked Him for the blessing of forever friendships. High School lockers, choir concerts, mentor coaches, cheerleading competitions, and science fairs.
I sat with memories of the past. But not all the memories were positive.
Failure to be in the “cool crowd”. Failure to make the team. Failure to step out and love the least of these. Failure to see myself as beautifully created by God. Failure to see the hurt inflicted by my sarcastic words and gossiping. Failure to stop abusive relationships.
As I wallowed in this regretful place, I noticed the turn to my high school. There were so many new houses, trees, flowers and signs. I almost missed the high school because I didn’t recognize the new surroundings.
But not all of the terrain had changed. I smiled as I drove by the massive cement building which held my indoor softball practices. Where I tried over and over to get that drop ball pitch. With mounting feelings of anxiousness, knowing the first game was tomorrow.
Then I sensed God whisper to me, “I make ALL things new. Not just some, but ALL.”
God doesn’t make some things new and leave some old, like my high school stomping grounds.
He has taken my past failures and sin. He has torn down ALL these “old buildings”, and has replaced them with “new buildings”. Which are built on the firm foundation of Christ. New buildings spring up all over as Christ lives in me. “New buildings” are the fruits of the Spirit in my life.
A Father’s letter to His daughter:
I am a God who is all about new. I am doing a new work in you and in the world around you. You are new in your mind, heart, attitude, and actions.
You may have a tendency to be drawn to respond out of what was successful or beneficial in the past. To rely on human tradition and expertise.
Throw out expectations of how things have been and how they should be. Get rid of what you know and rely solely on Me to guide and equip you. Be ready to act out of your weak area’s. Humble yourself and respond in obedience.
You WILL see fruit when you are connected to me. I WILL be glorified in my ability to move the Kingdom in ways you find peculiar.
Get ready to learn. I am a unique God and My ways are unique.
Trust me. As I fulfill the purpose I have for you. Trust me. As I build a new Kingdom. Trust me. In new ways.
Now walk, my daughter, in courage and strength. As we embark on a new journey together.
Rev 21:5a “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make ALL things new'”. (Bold added)
2 Cor 5:17 “He is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!”
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