Roadkill

On my way to work this morning I noticed at least five fresh animals that had fallen prey to becoming road kill. Animals are starting to venture out of the woods and become more active. Unfortunately for some, it also means more road kill. Maybe their winter bones are aching and they’re not in their frogger type shape- able to dodge cars forward and backwards, darting to the other side safely. Either way, it got me to thinking that spring must be close.

With spring comes many new beginnings: trees are budding (or whatever they do), flowers are blossoming, animals are being born, the snow is melting (though not so much here in the U.P. yet), grass is beginning to grow. I wake up to birds chirping and the sun peaking over the trees instead of blustery wind howling and another half foot of snow. I love spring! One of my four favorite seasons. I love hiking to see waterfalls, camping…or at least hypothetically camping, since I live in the U.P. and everything is typically too wet until June anyway.

My point is that spring is like a time of new beginnings. It’s a time to shed off the old so to say, and begin anew. Ezekiel 36:26 says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” More specifically this was referencing Israel and God’s promise to bring restoration to the people. God promised the Israelites a new heart AND a new spirit! That’s awesome. He promises us the same.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been victim to road kill before (figuratively speaking, of course), God gives us a chance to spring forth with a new life. Regardless of how bad a situation may seem to be, God offers hope through a new heart and new spirit. Lord, give me a new spirit today.

 

Be blessed. Be a blessing

Joel

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