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Another new

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You’ve probably figured out by now that I never get tired of taking pictures of flowers.

Part of that lies in the fact that they are new.

I know I have sunflower pictures, but I don’t have a picture of this sunflower,  it’s new!

I wish I could say I have the same exuberance over every new in my life.

Unfortunately, my common emotion is fear.

I know there is a terrible flaw in me when I look at life’s changes and I come up grasping the old things.

The flaw lies in my heart.

I am afraid of the new because I don’t know what to expect.

I don’t know how to plan.

I don’t have any idea what my needs will be so I can’t prepare.

These are the old, ugly, finger prints of leaning on my own strength, of doing things in my own will.

As I’ve been being renewed by Jesus, He’s been showing me the blessings of letting that go.

In the past I tried to control my life, schedule, family in an effort to make it all work!

How futile.

I’m not God.

I can’t make anything work.

It’s like ants who have lost their scent line and are simply running around desperate to find it again.

As the Lord has been patiently teaching me to rest in His ways and to let go of all my ideals, opinions,  and preferences I’ve learned that new is healthy.

I’m not completely out of the habits of fear and clinging to the old, but I’m learning to see it coming so I can place it back in the hands of Jesus.

“Dear Jesus,

Thank You for all You have done. You have answered so many of my prayers. I could fill up many many books telling of Your greatness and Your faithfulness. Please continue to uphold me and my family as we seek to honor You with our actions, attitude,  and words. Help us to continue to live new each day for You without our own ideas and desires clouding the path. Hold us, for we are quick to return to the old ways. Thank You, for You alone are our strength and in You we are new!”

Old

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Long ago I learned that “old” is relative.

This is the oldest house in Oregon to be owned by the original family.

Inside were some amazing pieces of American history, including a drum from the Revolutionary War.

So from an Oregon perspective this place is old.

However, compare it to some places in the UK, which are around 900 years old, and this house is nearly brand new!

Of course travel to Egypt or China or Israel and “old” goes from 100s to 1,000s of years.

There’s differences in old when it comes to food and drink.

A bottle of wine can be 20 years old and be valuable,  where a gallon of milk which is two days past the expiration date is thrown away.

Or the difference in human age.

My Sunday school class of 1st- 3rd graders thought I was nearly ancient when I turned 35.

Yet my doctor recently commented,
“You’re not even 40 yet!” With a grin.

All of this is simply chronological age.

In Hebrews we see something different.
The writer speaks to the Hebrews about the maturity of the soul.

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant,  is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14

Pondering this point, I ask,
Am I distinguishing good from evil?

Have I aged or am I still a babe only able to drink milk?

What about you?

This verse gives us the ability to discern whether we are babes by looking at our lives.

It states that the mature constantly distinguishes between good and evil and to do that we must know the Word.