Brand New!

Though this week has felt more like winter than spring, there are signs popping up all around the countryside that all but scream spring has arrived.

The bluebonnets are here; the grass is green, and the fields are colorful with wildflowers. It’s a wonderful time of the year and I believe just a small glimpse into what heaven must look like.

During those long winter months when the trees are bare, and the grass is brown, it’s hard to imagine new life is coming. But it always does. Every spring, those dull and lifeless-looking trees sprout new leaves. The brown grass becomes green and filled with new vitality.

Springtime always reminds me of what happens when we become Christians. The old lifeless person we were is gone and in its place, a new creation is born. One filled with hope and the promise of eternal life.   

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We become brand new in the sight of God, and we will spend the rest of our time here on earth being sanctified.

And one day, like us, the earth with be made brand new. There will be no more groaning under the weight of sin’s hold.   

As Revelation 21: 1-3 says,

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

So, whatever your part of the world looks like now, know that spring is coming. A season of renewing. A time of brand-new things.

Many blessings,

Mary Alford

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