“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ II Corinthians 5:17
One of the “modern conveniences” of life that I am thankful for is the fact that we can have music wherever we go. At home, in the car, on the radio/stereo/iPod – we have the ability to listen to music just about anywhere. I love to listen to music and my little one does, too – and he’s not picky! He’ll listen to his kindermusik, the radio or just someone singing to him – he loves it all.
As I was driving somewhere yesterday, a song by one of my favorite artists was playing. It’s a melancholy tune, and one line caught my attention:
“The saddest part of a broken heart/Isn’t the ending so much as the start.”
This really resonated with me, but not necessarily because of the artist’s intention with the song. To me, this sentiment is true, because some days what I feel saddest about is feeling like I have to start over. My husband and I had reached the age when our friends were all starting to have families and buy homes and generally be “grown ups.” And suddenly, just like that, I’m still in the same place but he’s gone. And I feel like I’ve been sent back to the beginning and am watching, confused, as everyone moves on and away from me.
All of this makes me especially thankful for verses like this one from Corinthians. I am in Christ, and therefore a new creation. I’m not standing at the starting line, being forced to start over. In reality, I am still moving forward on the journey that God has set before me. It looks nothing like I had planned, but my purpose on earth is to grow in Christ and I will strive to do just that, no matter how bewildering it may be sometimes.
Christ gives each and every one of us the opportunity to be a new creation in Him. What an amazing gift – to know that He is working in each of us to make us whole in Him.