Transitions (Part 5…A Time to Review)

Scripture references;

For whatever was written before was written for our instruction,  so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope.   Romans 15:4  HCSB

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  John 14:26 KJV

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  Psalm 40:1-3 KJV

I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it.  God works so that people will be in awe of Him. Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.   Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 HCSB

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.  Daniel 2:20-22 KJV

We know that all things work together  for the good  of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.  For those He foreknew He also predestined  to be conformed to the image of His Son,  so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified;  and those He justified, He also glorified.  Romans 8:28-30 HCSB


Today it is pretty outside.  I am looking out my window, and three things are in plain sight…a tall old oak tree with last year’s dead leaves still clinging to its branches, my mock orange shrub poised just a few feet away from the oak with its tiny new green leaves covering it, and only a few inches below the window ledge is one of eighteen blue hydrangea shrubs that is already putting out its new green leaves!  Not too far beyond the oak tree is a vast blue sky with just a few fluffy white clouds here and there.  It is early spring …in The South.  Both the tree and the shrubs offer some things to me today.

The shrubs offer me the reminder of new life and the promises that are associated with that.  There is the promise that until the Lord returns, things will continue as before, and also that the Lord works all things for good.  There also is the promise  that new life is hidden inside of that which is old and dying, and although it isn’t always visible, this new life appears both suddenly and miraculously when it’s time for it to emerge.  Beneath them the black birds are pecking around through the leaves that I never bothered to rake last fall.  They are keenly aware that there is treasure to be found under them.  The Lord has given them knowledge, and they continually act accordingly.

The oak tree, although still looking dead, has something to offer, as well.  It offers me a chance to look back to both the recent and distant past; to things I have experienced, things I have read, … to things I have learned.  It is good to take a moment like King David, the prophet Daniel,  and many others in the Bible have done, to pause and reflect for awhile, to consider the things the Lord has shown us to be of great value, and to “glean” understanding that comes from the Lord, and not from myself.  The Bible admonishes us to do this in Proverbs 3:5-7.

Today I think I will spend a little time in prayer and in reading the Bible and some of my older blog entries.  Three of my favorites are titled “Defining Moments”, “Shifting Gears- New Habits”, and “Basic Math and Very Big Hands”.  You can look them up in the search bar in the left margin if you would like to read them.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just go to http://www.biblegateway.com. They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!


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5 Comments

  1. March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    All of my posts with “Transitions” in the title share a little about me and my family. I thought I would re-blog them, so my readers would have the opportunity to get to know me a little better and follow along on the journey I have been on since February of 2010.

  2. Debbie said,

    March 25, 2014 at 1:04 am

    “There also is the promise that new life is hidden inside that which is old and dying . . .” This really spoke to me, as well as the rest of your post
    Thank you, wonderful woman of the Word, for pausing to reflect with God and sharing that time with us!
    Love,
    Deb

  3. March 25, 2014 at 1:07 am

    God Bless you, Deb!

    Love,
    Theresa

  4. theywhoseek said,

    March 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Ah, here it is another spring in its dawning stages. Little buds here and there waiting to wake up and blossom out. I think of spring as a time of renewal and rebirth. I look into my soul for fresh buds of faith to blossom forth and old thoughts to be lopped off so the new growth can take over! ~ Blessings in Jesus ~

  5. March 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    ” I look into my soul for fresh buds of faith to blossom forth and old thoughts to be lopped off so the new growth can take over!”

    Deborah Ann, that is one of the most beautiful and profound things I have ever heard!

    Thank you so much for sharing that!

    Blessings,
    Theresa


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