Charlyne Cares for Kids

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Making All Things New

“But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)

Rachael sat on the swing and smiled as she watched her little brother digging furiously in the sandbox. It was one of the rare warm days they had had this spring and Mom had sent both kids outside to enjoy the fresh air. The warmth of the last few days had finally melted the huge snow piles and cleared the icy sidewalks. Rachael lifted her face to the sun and let it warm her, inside and out.

It had been a long winter with one storm following closely on the heels of another. But the recent nice weather had revealed their familiar yard once again and Rachael felt the promise of spring and the hope of renewal in her heart. It always amazed her how the Lord could take the dead things of winter, wash them clean, and make them new again.

So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith. We have been cleansed and made free from feelings of guilt. And our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed. We can trust God to do what he promised. Hebrews 10:22-23 (ICB) 

Just then she heard a shout from her little brother and she looked over to see him standing in the sandbox, holding out the action figure he had been searching for for months. The snow and mud had done a number on the little plastic man.

“He’s ruined,” her brother cried. “He’ll never be the same.” Rachael had to agree that the little plastic man did look bad. But she said to her little brother. “Come on. We’ll wash him up. You’d be surprised what a little soap and water cand do.”

“And prayer,” Rachael thought to herself. She and her mother had been praying for Dad all through the long winter. They had prayed together that the Lord would touch him and change him, bringing him home to Jesus and to their family. Mom had talked quite often about how the Lord can make all things new again, just like He did in the spring. She had talked about how the Lord wants ALL people to be saved and so was patient with them, gently calling them into His presence and into His loving arms. Mom had emphasized that no matter how “dirty” someone was, the Lord could wash them with His love and make them new again.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

Rachael took the little plastic man into the laundry room and ran hot water over him. The caked-on mud and sand began to melt away and swirled down the drain. Rachael put a little dish soap in a bucket and gently placed the little plastic man in it to soak. Her little brother stood on the stool by her side, eagerly anticipating the return of his action figure. “Is it ready, yet?” he asked Rachael.

“Give it some time, bro, ” she answered. “Sometimes it takes awhile for things to be washed clean. Have a little patience.” A little while later, a little plastic figurine came hurtling across the kitchen floor. Seems one little man had been made clean again.

Both Rachael and her mom knew there was a chance that the long winter wasn’t over yet. They knew there would be more storms and more cold. But for now, they were going to live in the promise of a spring; the promise that the Lord can and will make all things new again.

If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ICB)

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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