See! The winter is past . . . Flowers appears on the earth; the season of singing has come. – Song of Solomon 2:12 NIV
“New” is in the works these days. It’s exciting. And a little daunting.
Hubby’s retirement is on the horizon, and it’s been what’s occupied my mind and my schedule for the past several months. (Which is why I’ve put fiction writing on the back burner.)
A new beginning. For him. For us. While we’re walking away from a season in our lives, we’re walking toward another season. (No, I won’t be retiring. I love what I do. It’s a calling. This speaking and writing and ministering to my little flock.)
As we stand at this threshold, I think of Lazarus, the man whom Jesus brought back to life. He, too, had a new beginning, a new lease on life.
But he had to first come out of his tomb and then be freed from the grave clothes – strips of cloth that bound him.
I, too, have been in a tomb – a tomb of fear of the future. The unknown. The uncertainty. Will we have enough money to survive, let alone travel and live our retirement dreams?
I, too, have been bound by grave clothes: Worry, anxiety. About finances. About health. Will our health and strength hold up?
But Jesus called me – by name – out of my tomb: “Michele, come out! Be unbound. Be loosed.”
I need not fear the future. As Corrie ten Boom once said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
He holds my future. He guides me, protects me, provides for me. I need to read Psalms 23, 139, and 91 every day. And remind myself of His promise to never leave me, never forsake me, to be with me always (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20).
He holds not just my future, but also my present. I need not be shackled by fear, worry, and anxiety. Yes, life happens, but I have a place to go to get what I need not just to survive but to thrive: my prayer room.
“Don’t be anxious about anything,” Paul reminds me in Philippians 4:6–7. “Instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
We are all walking away from one thing or another, and walking toward something new, into a season of spring and daffodils, into a time of new beginnings, new hopes, new life.
What tomb are you being called out of? What binding do you need Jesus to loose?
More important, what new beginning are you stepping into?
Remember, you can trust the One who leads you, loves you, and lavishes His best upon you.
Thank You, Lord, for new beginnings, second chances, and hope. Thank you for spring and all it means. Amen.
“Retirement is a NEW beginning, your chance to reset life, expand on your interests and find new opportunities for your best retired years.” – Wendy S. Fisher
Read and meditate on John 11:38–44
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