‘He makes all things new’
Perhaps you’ve heard those lyrics sung. Or maybe you have even sang them yourselves. Words like that can – and should – evoke a lot of emotions. It’s a large claim. In fact, depending on what you are experiencing at the time it feels a like a really big ask.
And then it doesn’t. I mean, who has ever experienced all things new. You drive your brand new car home and park it in the garage. Open the door and have to make sure that you don’t trip over the threshold that is loose – because it’s old. Paint your bedroom – and then notice the dinginess of your bed cover. Buy a cup of coffee, and with small children running around, you only enjoy about a quarter of that $5.75 charge.
Sound cynical? Or relatable? Maybe both.
But this is supposed to be a post about thankfulness and so let’s go back to those words; ’He makes all things new.’
As John wraps up the vision that he has seen and recorded for us in the book of Revelation he gives us this statement from Jesus, ‘He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
The original word that is translated ‘making’ essentially has to do with forming a path. It is something. It is happening. Progress is being made. There is a way.
Too often the focus is on the things wrong; the broken threshold, the dingy spread, or the last sip of cold bitter coffee. We forget how the car smells when we step in the house and see the threshold. Then we reverse the order and ignore the smell of fresh paint to look at the spread. The coffee, well the coffee would be insulted by how quickly we forgot how we responded when that perfect mix of sweet, dairy, and a beat up berry first touched our lips.
But there is new and we can fully experience this new when we allow ourselves to sit and rest in each and every moment that we experience. New music. New friends. New opportunities. New insights. New surrounds us and it will absolutely wash over us if we step into each moment.
For some perspective here’s some ‘new’ from this past week.
Those who care for others are those who dwell in God’s presence – Psalm 15
Listening to Vince Gill and Patty Loveless sing at George Jones memorial – Go Rest High On That Mountain
Listening to Sara Bareilles sing with the symphony at The Kennedy Center – Once Upon Another Time
An excellent cup of coffee; Cold brew, black, light ice – Sheffield’s
And this ace never gets old – Kevin Jones 530’ Ace
You’ve had some new, celebrate it, share it.
And if you have click any of those you might encounter some new being built ahead of you.