And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” —Revelation 21:5
That Bible verse has been going through my head these days. Every time I read or contemplate the Bible, I’m astounded by the sheer number of reversals: from Eve to (Ave) Mary, from Saul to Paul, from the snake on the tree in the garden to Jesus on the cross at Calvary, from Peter’s denial to Peter’s “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” In the Bible, all the old things and old ways are made new.
Then I think of the number of reversals that have occurred in my experience, when sorrows have turned to joys, struggles to triumphs, weaknesses to strengths. Even in my own silly, insignificant life, all things are made new. All of these reversals, in the Bible and in our own lives, have one commonality: they are not brought about by humans’ endeavors alone. God works through us. He offers us the opportunity to reverse our positions, and if we open ourselves to that opportunity and His will, He will give us what we need to withstand even the most painful changes.