It’s been cool lately to realize how much in my life that is under r e f r e s h m e n t . We often can get ourselves in to “rut” thinking … feeling no way out of where we are, or things seeming like we will never get fresh perspective. But I KNOW that is not what God wants for us …
“Behold, I make all things new …” – Revelation 21:5
Approaching pregnancy this time, I obviously knew that I my experiences with the boys haven’t entailed all and everything there is out there to experience, but I assumed that certain things wouldn’t feel as “new” or overwhelming (i.e. seeing an ultrasound, hearing the heartbeat, etc.). But I have been wrong before … and was wrong again(!). Last week, I could feel this little one kick for the first time on the outside of my stomach, and I was bawling like a baby! It was just so surreal and though it was something I had clearly felt with the other two, I was amazed again at this miracle taking place in my own body. r e f r e s h e d p e r s p e c t i v e .
In day to day life sometimes, tasks can, wait, DO feel mundane(!) and it’s hard to get out of that “rut”. Because spring is in full bloom over here, we’ve now started watering the grass everyday and weeds just keep popping up in the garden. For me, there’s always been something therapeutic about 1. being outside and 2. working with my hands But sometimes, when there are 20 other things that need to be done as well, those things little tasks start feeling more like chores. My attitude shifted the other day as the boys were outside helping me. Their eagerness to to pull weeds from the earth, get their hands dirty, and their intrigue to touch, smell, and taste(!) everything reminded me of how much I loved to do the very same thing – though not the tasting part. r e f r e s h e d a t t i t u d e .
At church on sunday, our pastor shared from Jeremiah 1:1-11. A passage I have definitely read over and over, and I have probably read OVER so much because of familiarity. Yet, as it was being spoken about, new things were made alive to me – God has a ‘word’ for me (vs. 4) in every season (vs. 1-3), He knew me before I was known (vs. 5), the ‘giants’ in my life are only distractions that make faces and God will deliver me from them (vs. 8) … r e f r e s h e d i n s i g h t .
“And the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see an almond branch [ l i f e ].’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.'” – Jeremiah 1:11-12
Like Jeremiah, I want my eyes to be opened to new perspective – to life. Day to day life doesn’t have to be mundane or kept in a dull sphere … we can be refreshed. He makes ALL things new.
pic pix: every. single. year. new buds open into flowers – a mature plant made to rebirth, 27.May.2015, around the corner from home