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Into “New?”

Are you into “new?”

Reset. Second Chance. Sleep on it. Brand spankin’ new.

Call it what you will. Even to the not-a-morning person (yawn), the rising of the sun provides one of the most hopeful metaphors in all of creation.

The exceptions would be those whose relationships are perfect and have never had any physical or emotional struggles and who have never had financial concerns about the past, present or future, aren’t concerned about death and don’t care about the latest Hitler-type (they are always lurking about). Those folks need not read on.

For the rest of us, I continue about sunrises.

New is nice. I like those rental cars that have 23 miles on them. (It must have been at the Detroit airport!)

I have a friend who is older. He likes everything new. He won’t buy anything used anymore. That’s a great luxury.

When it comes to relationships or money or careers or whatever, new is nice but it’s not always for sale. That’s why I like sunrises. Whether you notice them or not (yawn, again), if you live to 80, you are supplied with 29,200 sunrises. That tells me a lot about God’s heart. He is so inclined to give us a second chance…over and over again.

When we were kids playing the sport-du-jour, arguments would lead to a “do-over.” But can you imagine racking up almost 30,000 do-overs?

God is into new. If you put even the smallest amount of trust in scripture, you’ll see this theme played over and over to the point where it becomes so obvious that The Almighty is moving the timeline of history on a steady march to newness: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” (Revelation 21:1)

So many talk about that sunset in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed and darkness fell on their souls. But how many look to the “new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, PREPARED as a bride adorned for her husband”? (Revelation 21:2) He’s not only in the forgiving mode, He’s dressing up the place like the greatest birthday party a five year-old could dream about.

Doesn’t this say all we need to know about His heart? For the Christian, we are promised this same heart. Jesus gives us a new doo: “…anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons. Look at it!” Another version says, “Behold all things are made new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Even aging gets some pastels: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we ware wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

For those who dismiss biblical proof, perhaps some evidence of a different sort is necessary. If you’ve been even the most nominally observing person, you’ve had brushes with someone who has been gracious, was willing to forgive, overlooked a debt, insisted on picking up the restaurant tab or simply looked the other way on your behalf at his or her expense. And if you’ll be honest, you’ve broken some law(s) at one time or another and you are reading this outside of a jail.

If you’re into nature, springtime beckons even the hardhearted to put down their sword of defensiveness or bitterness or unbelief. The evidence demands a verdict.

When you watch the sun come up, look in a mirror and you will see that your face gets yellow and bright. That’s the ultimate face-lift. However many sunrises we get, the lifting of that yellow ball in the sky doesn’t just represent another pretty face.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

He’s into new.

BELOW: JUST ONE OF 29,200…

 

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