Thursday, May 27, 2010

A New Creation, or Maybe Just a New Road

Traveling home from Boston and New York, our route took us through Virginia and Tennessee during the night.

That particular night there was a continual rain. The drive through Virginia was miserable, not because of the rain, but because the lines on the road had almost worn away. Also, the reflectors that mark most interstates had worn down. In many spots along the road, there were no indicators of the lanes or the sides of the road. Twice while traveling through Virginia I had to exit the interstate. There was no way I could tell whether the gaping darkness I was driving into was actually the exit or if I was propelling our vehicle off the side of the road to our demise.

Then we crossed the state line into Tennessee and the roads were a new creation. The lines along the sides were a bright yellow and white. Reflectors dotted the center lines at regular intervals and the road itself was as smooth as silk. It was a whole new world. We went from a driving experience of anxiety and frustration to one of enjoyment and pleasure.

It was very reminiscent to me of the day, almost thirty-seven years ago, when I became a Christian. In a moment, in a flash, my life changed. I became "a new creature". My old life of sadness, emptiness and frustration was replaced with a life of fullness, joy and hope. The roads of darkness and uncertainty were replaced with roads that had a Guide and Teacher along the way. Never for one moment, have I regretted the change.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

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