Rodney’s Reflections: SPRING Forward

Isaiah 43:19 (CEB) says, “Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths[a] in the wilderness..”

It is hard to believe spring is almost here. But it is…

SpringTraining is in full swing.
CFBISD Springbreak is next week and the following week for LISD.

This Sunday, we Spring forward, moving our clocks forward an hour, so that we get more day light at the end of our days.

My trees, that have been bare for a couple of months, are blooming. Spring is in the air.

I love watching everything turn green. Life returns to plants appearing dead.  We have a God who is always up to doing new things. We see it in the seasons. Winter changes into spring, spring to summer, and summer to fall.  Just like seasons of the earth change, we too are constantly moving, shaping, growing, and changing.

How beautiful and complex is our human design that we don’t stay stagnant, but we actually develop and mature? The changes of the seasons is a continuous reminder of what God does in our lives too.

Sometimes, in order to come into a new season and to grow in our faith, we have to let go of the old one. Verse 18 in Isaiah 43 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”

One of the lessons life teaches us is the necessity of letting go. This can include letting go of past hurts, past struggles, and past relationships. Sometimes it means we give ourselves time to grieve in order to move forward. We let ourselves feel the loss, be sad for a little while, talk to someone who can help us move through this season.  After we’ve grieved, we can begin again and look ahead once again.By letting go, we make room for what is new. Let’s expect that there are good things to come.

During this season of lent (six weeks leading up to Easter), as spring starts to surface and the trees begin to bloom, let’s remember God is indeed doing a new thing: in our church and in our lives. Let’s let go of old things, those things that need to go away, and open ourselves to what God has for us in this season.As flowers adorn the trees once again, fresh grass rises up from the ground, may a new strength and passion emerge in your spirit as well.

Blessings,

Rodney Whitfield
Senior Pastor

If you haven’t wrestled with what your passion is, please try and answer one or more of these questions. I believe they will help connect you with one of your passions!

1. If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt for God and his kingdom?
2. If you could make only one difference in the world, what would it be?
3. What issue, what need, what particular group of people do you feel a burden for?