It is Saturday morning, and God’s natural alarm clock wakes me up for the first time this year. Even though the air is still crisp and cold at night and there is no humidity during the day, the voices of the birds outside my window give me the first sign that the season of Rebirth is peaking in each day just waiting to show all of its glory.
I love how God so intricately ordered this creation so that we can experience His presence and receive the gift of salvation even through what we pass off as the mundane predictability of each year’s passing.
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20 (NLT)
Each season of the year gives us a clear visualization of God’s gift of salvation. Fall surrenders to death of the beauty that surrounds us. Winter buries the beauty that once existed. Spring resurrects beauty’s glory once again. Summer lives the abundant life in all of its splendor.
As the earth resurrects the beauty of its shades of green, myriad of colors, scents of sweetness, and warmth of light, I look inward at the resurrected life within me.
Throughout my life I had always been searching for rebirth. I wanted a rebirth of acceptance and security. I wanted a rebirth of my body and my gifts. I wanted a rebirth of my rights. I searched for rebirth in everything except for the blood of Christ. I was dead in bondage to myself.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)
With my acceptance of God’s merciful gift, I experienced the Rebirth that I tried to gain on my own. Just like the new growth that springtime brings to the earth, I was made new.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
The season of Rebirth is my favorite for many reasons. I love the beauty in the pastel colors. I love feeling the warmth of the sun after its absence. I love the renewal of energy from a season of dormancy.
However, most of all I love celebrating its pinnacle which all of creation rests: Easter and the new life available through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection which led to my Rebirth.
By Brenda Rodgers, Triple BraidedLeave a Comment