My niece in Arizona had her first day of kindergarten recently. I was moved by pictures of her first day of school. Such an innocent, fresh, excited look on her face! Everything around her was new– new clothes, new school bag, new school, new teacher.
One of my favorite lines from the bible is found in the book of Revelation, when God says: “Behold, I make all things new.” (21:5) Although the context is about the end of the world and the forming of a new heavenly reality, I think it points to a deep reality about God: God is Creator.
God did not merely create the earth in six days and then set his creative talent on a shelf until human history comes to the end of the world. God is Creator, and God is still creating today in many ways. God planted traces of his own creativity in the creation: just look at how the seeds develop and mature, how life continues among animals with the birth of little pups and kittens, how the calendar of the earth time cycles around and begins again.
Our own lives can be instruments of God’s creativity when we try new things on for size. We may try a new recipe, paint a room a new color, overhaul an engine, or show new skills to a young child. We may reach out to a coworker and discover a new friend. Perhaps we travel to a new place or try a new way of volunteering.
Sometimes trying something new coaxes us out of our comfort zone. It can feel a little awkward and we may be a little tense (am I doing this right?). But in stretching us a bit, the Holy Spirit seeks to re-create our lives into something new. We may make mistakes along the way, but that is part of the learning process, God creating new awareness within us.
As we enter into a new season of the year, let us pray to the Holy Spirit to guide us and to re-new us. We ask that the Holy Spirit to deepen our prayer lives and show us each how to use our unique giftedness to serve others. Let us pray for one another as we continue to move forward into this new chapter in our faith community. Let us put our hope and trust in God to re-create us.