And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love to see everything come to life. New colors emerge as trees and flowers awaken. The birds start to sing again. Even the smells are vibrant and new. It is amazing to me that everything can look so dead one day and just a few days later be filled with such life and beauty.
Although spring is starting to make its debut all around us, the season of our own life and circumstances may feel a lot more like winter. With all of the uncertainty in the world right now, I imagine that there are many of us feeling this way. So much of what we once knew is gone. Fear of sickness, economic uncertainty, and the loss of normalcy has us reeling. When added to already difficult circumstances such as divorce, job loss, or a medical diagnosis this season doesn’t seem hard, it seems hopeless.
But there is good news! The story isn’t over yet!
Every now and then before seeing a movie, I like to read the book. It usually ruins the movie but the great thing is I always know when the sad parts are coming so I can be prepared. I watch as the characters are in the middle of their seemingly hopeless situation, tears stream down my face as my heart breaks for them. But my heart doesn’t break in the same way that it would have if I had not already read the book because I know how the story ends. I know that they will get through it and will come out stronger, happier, and in a much better place then they were.
Much in the same way, God watches us go through the difficult seasons of our life and His heart breaks. But He’s already read the book, actually he wrote it! He knows this is not the end of the story and He knows how the story ends. He knows the beauty that is coming!
God has given us many promises for the “winters” of our lives. He promises that we will never have to walk this journey alone because He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9). He promises that He has a good plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). He promises to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). And He promises that the story isn’t over yet and that someday He will make all things right and ALL things new! (Revelation 21:4-5)
Dear Lord, life seems so uncertain right now. It feels like we are in the middle of a never ending winter. Speak your promises into our hearts. Remind us that you have a good plan for us and that you walk beside us. Thank you that this is not the end of the story. Thank you for the promise that someday you will wipe every tear from our eye and make all things new. In Jesus’ name, Amen.