"It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to the end."
~ Deuteronomy 11: 12
The first sign that the season is changing is the emergence of green from the ground as our lilies are beginning to push forth from their winter slumber. It always amazes me how they know "when," to begin. Each year the flowers die back, and each year they just seem to know when to begin again.
Sometimes I wish that we were able to respond to new chapters in the same way. While I realize that we are Ecclesiastical people with new chapters beginning all the time, there are simply times I wish that we were able to recognize when a new chapter is emerging.
Some endings with new beginnings are easier to identify. The end of a relationship, the last day of a job, moving out to go to college, the closing of a loved one's casket. These are milestones that remain with us in our memories, but they signal significant new beginnings in our life. So often we fail to recognize the new day, or the day we wake up feeling different, or the struggle to meet personal or imposed goals.
All of our new beginnings should start with the reality that God is present. God was present when the chapter ended, and God will be present with the beginning of a new chapter or season. We must learn to live each day, each hour, and perhaps, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new. Imagine living each day as a bulb, embedded in the love of God, just waiting for the moment to emerge.
We are being called to live each moment as a moment of new life, full of God's promises!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.