The Joy of Creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

During one of my morning walks down our little country road in Amish Country, the day was particularly bright and fresh. The colors, the smells, the abundance of living, growing things were almost more than my eyes and spirit could take in. Dozens of bluebirds perched on a weathered pasture fence singing, watching, flitting, fluffing, fluttering. Wild flowers in many colors of blues, purples, yellows, pinks, and reds lined both sides of the road and provided dramatic contour in all different shapes, sizes and heights. Growing hay was rich in the newness of life as it reached for the sky. Fat round tomatoes bursting with juicy meat showed red against green vines. New colts with clean shiny black and brown coats played together as they learned to run, kick and chase. Four tiny Amish children went by in a wagon pulled by a brown and white pony who tossed his head to and fro. The boys had on clean pressed clothes, straw hats, suspenders and were barefoot. The girls wore bonnets with hair pulled up tight and had on starched white aprons. Cherubic faces turned to me in greeting.

As the breeze softly began to kiss the leaves in the trees, the trees ruffled their contentment at just being alive. My feelings were unexpected. I felt sure I would burst from the sheer joy of discovery of each and every color, sound, shape, and event. Divine creation surrounded me. The love of my Father filled my soul.

The Bible says when we believe, we are a new creation in Christ. Touched by the Maker’s hands we become a marvelous new creature, fearfully and wonderfully made. Gone is the shadow of this world, bursting with the life of His Spirit we emerge.

Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me. Thank you for my life. Help me to see, each and every day, the wonders of your hands that surround me. Amen.