Out with old, in with new.
Sounds like I’m celebrating New Year’s, doesn’t it? Out with the old year, in with the new one.
Well, no, I’m not behind the times. My calendar points out that it is April, not January. And whew, aren’t we all glad it is? Finally, spring is arriving.
With its arrival, our thoughts turn to new life, new growth, a reemergence of hope. We smile at the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips pushing their way up through the earth to burst forth into our drab world in an array of spring green and brilliantly vibrant colors.
Out with the old, in with the new. Out with Ol’ Man Winter, in with the new season of Spring.
But my thoughts take another turn as I consider that phrase – out with the old, in with the new.
And again, pictures truly are worth a thousand words as they inspire me with thoughts worth putting down in this blog.
One day last year, as Papa and I did so often during this you know what, we took a little driving jaunt with our oldest grandchild along. We ended up parked in an area watching an old building, once used for multiple purposes but now decrepit and unusable, being demolished. (pictured above)
Little One had never seen that kind of destruction ever before, so she was fascinated and asked several questions about the scene we watched. My memory bank took me back to an occasion that reminded me of her mama, our daughter, when she was a preschooler.
At that time, we lived in a suburb of a midwestern city where new housing developments were springing up hither and yon. For some reason, we drove through one of those areas where a new house was under construction.
Imagine our astonishment when our little daughter asked this question from her back seat booster: “Why is that house broken?”
Huh? It took a minute or so for us to realize that our little one had never seen a house in various stages of construction, so to her, the house looked like it was being dismantled rather than being assembled.
In her eyes, that edifice was broken not newly constructed; she categorized it as old and wrecked, not new and erect. Perspective matters, doesn’t it?
Just recently, a flurry of activity occurred on a parcel of land zoned commercial near us. For years, a vacant building existed there. The place wasn’t dilapidated, just empty, not used.
Wrecking crews and large machinery spent several weeks destroying the existing building and leveling the ground there. Out with the old.
But then, a different kind of activity began. Brand new construction commenced for a new business to be located there. In with the new.
A drastic change began taking place. Pondering this, I can compare it to our spiritual lives. We find ourselves set in old patterns of sinful behavior leaving us feeling broken. Sometimes our lives seem wrecked, even destroyed by the consequences of our own actions.
But something amazing happens when we invite a Savior named Jesus to enter our lives, our hearts, our very being. He heals the broken-hearted, He restores the wrecked, He erases destruction and, in its place, new construction arises.
A new identity. A new creation. A new life. That’s the promise and blessing of a Christ-centered choice to become a follower of Him.
“Through Christ we have a new identity. We should not be speaking to our old man, the sinner, and giving him his identity back.” ~ Eric Samuel Timm
A verse in God’s Holy Word, the Bible, tells us what happens when we make that choice: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The onset of spring reminds me to leave old inclinations, old thoughts, old ways, and old sins behind me and start fresh with new inspiration, new perceptions, new life.
Out with the old. In with the new. Sounds like the promise of spring, doesn’t it?
“You cannot move on to a new phase in life if you bring your old baggage with you, let the bad go, and move onto the new.” ~ Patrick Read Johnson