My morning wake up call is more enjoyable these days. The sun makes its appearance earlier and even has decided to show off. Streaks of bright orange paired with deep reds are just what my soul needs to wake up out of the winter slumber.
This past weekend we moved our clocks forward an hour in an ode to spring. The stretch of daylight hours into the evening shifts my outlook and mental capacity even when a few cold days still linger.
How can one seemingly insignificant change alter our perspective so drastically? Just when it looks like gray skies are a permanent fixture, we find a brilliant blue hidden behind ready to reveal itself.
All of God’s creation is like this. Things hidden one day were revealed the next as God created the world and declared “it is good.” The insignificant becomes significant in an instant all because God unveiled His glory in day and night, the moon and the sun and all of the creatures of the Earth.
Creation itself was the beginning. The new life God promised arrived as the world began to right itself on its axis. And it is this promise that Jesus took with Him to the cross thousands of years ago. The hope of brilliant sunrises and sunsets, but mostly the glory of new life.
I believe we begin our walk to the cross recognizing the gift of creation. Celebrating an indescribable beauty that marked the start of all we hold dear as believers. Fresh hope makes its way into our hearts as the deep slumber of winter lifts. Do you feel it too?
God declares all of creation is good. He shows delights in us by sending His son, Jesus, a model of human perfection. What was–now becomes reality. Jesus endured the walk to the cross to gift us with resurrected hearts, minds, and souls.
As I finish up this post, I am looking through my somewhat dirty windows at the bright sunshine. The glow lights up the trees and bushes and its almost as if they lean toward the sun to embrace its warmth.
What would it look like for you and me to do the same? How would that change our journey to the cross this year? And, would our lives change as a result?
Creation’s journey to the cross began when God designed the world and all that’s in it. It was a foreshadowing of what is to come. God lovingly laid this foundation as a way for us to see Him in everything. We have an opportunity to recognize the good on our walk to the cross even when our life is laced with challenges. God reminds us of this goodness:
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
This year I am carrying the gift of creation with me to the cross. The knowledge that new life is waiting prompts me to lean in to gather more. Just like the trees bending toward the sun, my whole being opens, stretches, and reaches toward the One who promises new life.
In this season, we recognize our present suffering and future glory. God promises that we will experience both, but He also promises we are never alone in the journey. Let’s name the things that challenge us as well as those that bring us joy. Together we can lay them at the cross and know that God picks up our burdens as a sign of selfless love.Creation's journey to the cross began when God designed the world and all that's in it. #Lent #TellHisStory Click To Tweet
May we see the truth in these words from Romans and hear God’s heart in the message. Let’s remember Jesus in His journey as we walk our own path to the cross this Lent.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Romans 8:18-21
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