“…I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5.

This week in Maryland has been wonderful; there is a gentle zephyr that invites warm weather, buds are forming on the ends of barren branches, and green shoots are rising from the ground—all promising a change in seasons. My husband and I took our daughter for a walk a few days ago. The wonderment in her eyes sparkled as she fixated on the trees, the buzzing insects, and spring blooms. She is 9 months old and experiencing spring for the very first time. Experiencing her joy in God’s creation brings me joy.

J.R.R. Tolkien states, “there is no secular molecule in the universe; everything derives from God, and He is the origin of everything.” This statement proves itself when mirrored against the word of God; Colossians 1:16 declares, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” Nature does not stand still, there are clouds in constant motion in our sky, flowers blooming, grass (without noticing) is growing or withering away. Rain is pieces of oceans, streams, ponds, and rivers; each drop connects people as it meets an unknown terrain.

We serve a God who still creates and a God who makes all things new.

I often attribute natural phenomena with spiritual implications. Lately, I have felt parched in my spirit, but I am sensing a shift. In prayer, I feel a newness of life and the spring of living water rising in my spirit. I am longing for more of God.

I desire my private affection for God to be more powerful, intimate, and sacred than my public devotion. How I commune with God at church should mirror what I’m already doing at home in prayer.

There is no end to God; if you desire more of Him, you can have more of Him. He will breathe life into your dry bones, your dry ministry, and your dry marriage. In the natural, the branches that looked like dead sticks are now flowering trees. In the spiritual, what looked forsaken and dead can now have new life. It’s a new season and it’s a new day, enter into the newness of God.



Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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