Are you ever struck by the way kids view the world, like it’s new? When did that stop? When did we stop being exciting when a lima bean sprouts or a box turtle moves ever so slowly? Stop chasing and playing and feeling the wonder of the world?
I took the kids to our local nature center this week. We hadn’t been in a few months and when we went in it was as though they were discovering new and exciting things that they had never seen before. I’m so thankful that I can view the wonder of the world through their eyes.
And I’m thankful that I can look forward to a day when things will be new for me again.
And he who was seated on the throne said. “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5
There is a time coming when the things that have grown stale to me will pass away and everything will be new. I can only imagine the wonder that I will feel looking on the newness of everything surrounding me.
God is so gracious to give us small glimpses of newness in our lives here. New babies, new growth in our gardens, new shoes, new experiences, new friends. There is something about new that makes us feel refreshed, excited, rejuvenated. But those new things become old so quickly and lose their luster. The baby won’t sleep, the garden stops yielding and weeds choke out its life, the new shoes get scuffed and dirty, the experience becomes tiresome and frustrating, the company of that friend settles into comfort and the newness wears off. Thankfully, the newness experienced in this life is not limited to external things but occurs internally as well! And this newness does not wear off, because it is not of us.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this come from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
We are new in Christ. The stale, old, tried self is gone and replaced with life, joy, a fresh perspective, and a new purpose in the Spirit. This phenomenon of getting better with time does not occur often, if ever. Our souls, being continually made more into the likeness of Christ, are not subject to the laws of this world like entropy. Rather, subject to the mercy of an ever loving God.