Last week, I really felt in prayer that God was telling me, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Since then, He has really shown me the truth of this statement in a number of ways.
The first and most tangible way came in the form of snow – and lots of it. A snowstorm hit Covecrest overnight, and we woke up to about eight inches of snow covering the entire camp. I haven’t ever been a huge fan of the cold or snow (especially considering I grew up in southern California), but this was beautiful – and we had fun, too… The night before, I was actually still awake when the snow began to fall. As I watched the sight from my window, I remembered a similar time when I was in college (in Ohio) and I sat with a friend watching the snow fall. At that point, I’m pretty sure I was wishing the snow would stop as soon as possible, while my friend was loving every minute. She told me that she loved snow because the pure white covers all the death of winter and it points to the new life that is coming in the spring. Back then, I didn’t get it – I just wanted it to be sunny and warm again, but this time, it made sense and the sight was beautiful! God’s gift of snow was renewing the earth.
It may look a little gloomy, but it was really a wonderful sight!
I have also seen a number of other blessings of renewal in the last week:
- A new year (2011) that is bringing new life to our mission
- Some changes in our “normal” schedule to help us make better use of all of our time
- Two members of the Life Teen Europe mission team moved here on Saturday to join our community – bringing new life here to Covecrest
- A new/increased passion in my own heart for all of the ministry we do as part of our mission here
Thank you, Father, for constantly making things new in my life!