I love new things. One of my favorite scenes in Harry Potter occurs when Hermione Granger explains what Amortentia, a love potion, smells like to her. “…freshly mown grass, new parchment…” (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Hermione, I hear ya! I love the texture of the pages of a new journal under my fingertips, the touch of a haircut as my hands run through the locks, and the look of a freshly fallen winter snow. I love that sense that all things are new. As we have found ourselves amidst a new season this week (a new year), I hope we can reflect on the newness around us. So why do we love all things new?
” For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.” ( Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV)
We are designed as seasonal people. The Lord God of the Universe formed us out of dust to move with the tides, the sun and the moon, the changing of the weather, and the other seasons we find in our lives, He has called the seasons to dictate our lives, to shape and mold us into his creation. We love new because God designed us to love new! His word calls us into new seasons, to find a time for every matter under heaven!
What kind of season are you in right now? Perhaps it’s a time of loss or sadness; or maybe a time to laugh, dance, and love. Wherever you find yourself, Jesus is calling you into that moment. He has designed us to love and live in new seasons.
In Him, all things are made new. “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, ESV)
He has made us new by the washing of His blood. As we enter another year and another season, let us be renewed in that spirit, that Jesus may reveal to us the newness of life found in Him each and every day. Be reminded of His grace and goodness, His lifting of you from death to life, and embrace this new season with open arms, knowing that He has made you a new creation.
All things have been made new, including you.