While the specter of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation is fresh in our minds, we are also collectively aware of many examples of physical, mental, spiritual, or political destruction and decay. Yet in spite of all the negatives I have to deal with, I have found my attention drawn to renewal.
We are beginning to see the signs of summer running out towards autumn, with winter right behind. But we know that the dead, old winter will be broken by the joyous and irresistible warmth and renewal of spring. This cycle is designed by God to continually remind us of the other realm. Whatever looks like autumn or winter on your horizon has God’s promise of a once and forever spring and summer ahead. As believers, we really are justified in being eternal optimists, in the face of the most hopeless situations.
On occasion, I have used the trick of asking myself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” about a situation that seems scary or hopeless. This question leads me back to my foundation.
What is the worst that could happen? Failing a test, losing a job or house or spouse . . . getting sick, or even dying? As long as I don’t stiff-arm God, even these things will work together for good – yes, and in the end, a whole new eternally good existence with Him.
We see it in the seasons, in the plant and animal worlds, and even to some degree in history. We feel it in our bones. There is a great and final renewal coming – for you personally, and for all of creation.
Jesus says, “Behold, I make all things new!”
Thank God it is Friday, because the reviving, renewing Sabbath day is almost here: a mandated time-out to give us freedom to think about all the “all things new” that is almost here!