What’s New Part 2

 

You make beautiful things~ You make beautiful out of dust~You make beautiful out of us

You are making me new

Beautiful Things Gungor

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LOGOS and LEGOS  That’s how we started the new year in my house.  We opened The Word (logos) and each child shared a verse.  How beautiful is the sound of scripture from the mouths of preschooler through teen.  Then, we played- with Legos.

imageLook! I am about to do a new thing! Now it sprouts! Do you not perceive it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.    Isaiah 43:19 (LEB)

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

“Behold, I make all things new!”  Also he said,  “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Revelation 21:5

Therefore, if anyone is in Chirst he is a new creation; the old has gone the new has come!   2 Corinthians 5:17

imageLogos- After they each read the verses we asked each child to share the “new” in their verse.  They replied with: creation, all things, compassion.  As we discussed what these new things mean for us in our lives, we asked them to share something they wanted God to do in and through each of them this year. It’s a beautiful thing…. The thoughts toward God from the young- innocent, pure and unscathed by the world. Full of hope and expectation. Mom and dad shared, too, and we ended with each of us praying for the person on our right and their request for the “new” 2015. We prayed as a family that we would be open to whatever new he had planned for us.

imageNow for the Legos-  To put more of God’s word to work in our lives we pulled out the Legos.  The big container held the lost, mixed up and separated blocks which once were held in their own neatly contained box with clear creating directions, put together and then nicely displayed on their shelves.  Right away everyone began digging into the now deconstructed and broken builds box and excitingly decided on what we wanted to create; something new that had not existed previously in our history of Lego creations. We worked as a team, each building a part of a bigger plan. The house, the playground, the furniture, the vehicles, the people. When we were finished, we sat back and looked at our designs. Each one joyfully explaining the uniqueness of their creation. This gave me a chance to ask this question- “Is it more fun to build the Lego set that comes with the step by step directions or is it more fun to take them apart, start from scratch, and use those pieces to create something different; something new?” There was pause. Then after a moments thought, that night’s unanimous answer was: it’s more fun to start from scratch and create something new- a new design, a new creation.

That’s like us and the way God works in our lives. Sometimes he lays out and let’s us know the plan for us to follow- his word gives us much direction. Other times he says come take up your cross and follow me; I’ll make you into a creation you won’t believe.  I’ll create something you may not have thought of on your own. And there are times that requires the tearing apart of the old- old has gone so that the new can come.  He breaks us down or allows the things of the world to break us down and take us apart so he can do the brand new. The breaking down is rarely fun, but the process of rebuilding and recreating can be exhilarating.  Piece by piece, this new creation is being formed as God directs, and, bit by bit, the anticipation of the new builds inside you until finally- construction complete.  Sit back- bask in what God has done!  Yes, he could have showed you the end result picture before it all started and given you exact piece by piece instructions, but where would the thrill and anticipation have been in that?

Ok, so maybe you like the guide book directions with each step numbered… but try some new thinking… Think about opening yourself to let what’s old go if needed and be available to whatever the new he has for you even if it’s painful at first.  Let him surprise you piece by piece until completion and then sit back and see the beautiful new he’s done in you.

Worship: Beautiful Things  Gungor

Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new                       

new creation

new compassions

new plans

Being confident of this, that he who began a good (new) work in you will be faithful to complete it. Phillipians 1:6

Blessings,

Kalyn

Coming soon-Watch for-Part 3 “When the New is Hard” written by Elaine Mahaffey

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