2015-06-03 - New Life
This morning, I was looking over at some birds frolicking under our front dogwood tree. I had put some bird food out the day before, and some bread a day or so before that. As I watched the male and female Cardinals, Sparrows and Finches with an occasional Grackle or Starling, another movement caught my eye. It was a baby bunny, in a flower bed parallel to the tree. It was between some annuals I had planted a small azalea bush. It looked to be less than half the size of its parent rabbits that I see every year, out back under the shed and other nearby shrubs, tending to their nests. Rabbits are often the subject of jokes regarding the short span of their gestation, due to the potential numbers of bunnies. While it becomes a humorous anecdote to use if a person has several children quickly, I find the sight of rabbits and their bunnies a joyous sign of the new life of spring. Not so long ago, I saw two rabbits engaging in shenanigans about the front, and even taking it across the street. They were zigging and zagging across our lawn and next door, and continuing on into several other yards. Then this new little kit, that was perhaps one of the little ones belonging to those other rabbits, was a reminder of how “life springs eternal.” The trees are beautiful each spring, yet something about new life - whether it be the rabbits, birds, or even a baby frog - gets me to thinking about starting anew.
We are blessed with the opportunity to have new life in our Father in Heaven, through the son, Jesus Christ. Last night, through a message at church, I was reminded of the day I decided to accept that new life, and then a few weeks later show my commitment through public baptism. I can remember feeling the water envelop me, going under, and then emerging from beneath the surface, three to four seconds later - all being an outward sign of starting over. What a blessing to start over, and be given new life. And just like the newborns, chicks, bunnies, fawns, cubs and every other creature, we have a clean slate and a new start. We are reconciled (reunited; thesaurus.com) to our Father. Thank you Jesus!!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.