Behold the New Thing

My favorite season of the year is Spring. It’s when barren trees begin to bud and dormant, brown grass begins to show brushes of green. What had the appearance of being dead is showing signs of life.

This reminds of Jesus, and how God works in His people. It reminds me of salvation. It reminds me of this verse, which existed hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth –

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 ESV

The new thing that Isaiah spoke of was the coming of the Messiah. In a way, this verse was meant to be a wake up call. “Don’t miss it! God is going to do something new!” God is going to make a way for all things to be reconciled to Himself.

Spring is an amazing reflection of this. Nature, in some ways, reflects the nature of the Creator. I’ve always been intrigued in the design of trees, bare and brown on the bottom and lush and green at the top. Branches reach out toward the sky as if their very design were to reflect worship.

The Hebrew word translated in Scripture as Spirit is also the word for wind and breath. Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3 that the Spirit is like the wind, no one knows where it comes from or where it is going. Jesus mentions in Matthew 6 about how God cares for His creation, and so we shouldn’t worry about what tomorrow brings. Winter passes, and Spring always comes.

We all experience this. Life has it’s own seasons, both good and bad. When I am having a good or even just a fair-weather season, there is a part of me that lives in the place of thinking that it won’t last. It’s a place of fear. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Though I love Spring, I know that it doesn’t last long, and Winter comes again. This is a place void of trust and robbed of joy. The answer, ultimately is this –

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 NIV

What does it mean to “seek the kingdom and his righteousness?” I so easily get caught in the idea that seeking the kingdom is about doing stuff. After all, seeking is an action. However, a crucial part of seeking the kingdom is seeking God. It is coming before Him, resting in His presence, and realizing that ultimately He is the loving Daddy that is in control. He cares for the birds and the flowers, how much more will He care for us? I need to live here more often.

Are you experiencing the Winter or the Spring? How can you live in peace with the passing of the seasons?

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Holes in the Bucket

In a previous post, I mentioned the importance of joy. It’s important to realize that joy is different than happiness, however they are in a way related. To have joy is arguably to be happy about something. As a Christian, when things are hard then I can find joy in the hope that is to come. I can also find joy by remembering all of the things God has done in my life, my family, and friends so far. There are several ways that I can fill my joy bucket.

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Should You #deletefacebook?

Facebook has been in the news a lot over the last year. Whether it’s addressing fake news, exploiting human psychology, or the most recent data leak with Cambridge Analytica, it seems that Facebook has been slammed with controversy after controversy. With all this trouble going on, should we delete Facebook? It might be, but not just because everyone else is doing it.

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The Beloved Child of God

God loves me in spite of my sin. I am a failure, but God loves me anyway.

This statement reflects what I believe most of the time. God loves me despite my selfish heart. He loves me even though my actions clearly show that I don’t love Him, sometimes. Even though I wander, God loves me.

The statement that is a little harder to swallow is:

God loves me.

More specifically:

God loves me for who I am.

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Not Everything That Looks Good is Good

I really like ice cream and Dr. Pepper. They both excite my taste buds. There is also a comforting feeling I get when drinking a Dr. Pepper or eating an ice cream cone. I’m not quite sure the source of the feeling beyond brain chemicals and taste buds shouting, “Yum! Gimme’ more!”

Both of these, however, are loaded with sugar. Too much of them will make me sick.

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Tech Break – Are Digital Assistants Worth It?

I don’t own an Amazon Echo or Google Home. I go back and forth about using Google Assistant on my phone. When I do use it, I use it for three things: to tell me the weather, turn down the lights, and occasionally tell me a lame joke. It’s also convenient when my wife and I go on a trip to be able to just say, “Show me good restaurants in the area.”

All of this convenience, however, comes at a cost.

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