God makes us new.by Bethany Hammack on 04/27/16
It is gardening season. Or should I say weeding, digging, pulling, watering, mowing, planting and sweating season. My plot of dirt had become a haven for dandelions, henbit (who named it that?), clover, and a myriad of other green unwanted things. As I was digging and muttering under my breath I was reminded of the tenacity of sin – my sin. Some of the weed’s roots lay on the surface easy to pull up but a slight touch would send its seeds cascading into the dirt around. Other roots buried deep into the soil ensuring that something would be left behind to covertly creep back months later. Sure, I could spray the dirt with a vengeance, hacking at the soil with glee. But I would only spread weedy carnage and poison the ground. So instead I hunch under the sun, back burning, sweat dripping and think about my sin and God.
God makes things new. I have a ton of dandelions growing in my yard as well as my dirt plot. I don’t like to spray because I want to preserve the bees. So I decided to look for other things to do with the tenacious yet happy blooms popping up by the millions. I discovered that dandelions have multiple purposes. To my neighbors, they serve as enemies to be annihilated. To others, they are food/beverage items. For me, I realized I could turn them into a salve that moisturizes and relieves pain. I had found a new purpose for the dandelions.
God makes things new. He renews me. He takes a look at my weedy heart and meticulously addresses each one. He nurtures the ground, adding compost and fertilizers. God doesn’t look at me and say “She is too over grown, I’m going to start elsewhere.” Nor does He say “Yikes, that didn’t work. Time to make a new Bethany”. Wouldn’t it be easier to give up and move on? Throw some pesticide on it and call it good? Thank God that He doesn’t go with ‘easy’; He goes with ‘love’. Romans 8:28 says: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose (KJV). Like the dandelions, God finds a new purpose for my sin transforming it into patience, wisdom, understanding, joy, peace, hope.God makes us new. And in doing so, we become equipped to “work together for good to them that love God”. Already this month, Heritage has been honored to sing at a memorial service, encourage residents during a Sunday service in Salem, and prepare a group of wonderful women in Powell Butte to be “filled up” by the Lord. Heritage thanks all of you for your prayers, your contributions, and your willingness to be made new – a testament of God’s love.