Friday, December 14, 2007


“Behold, I am making all things new.” This is the first part of Revelation 21:5, and one of my most cherished scriptures in the Bible. These words from God are ones that I try daily to hold close to my heart. In return, I have watched in grateful wonder, as they have become a reality in my life. The Holy Spirit has used this promise as a thread through His needle, weaving together a garment of beauty from the ashes of poor choices and sinful blunders that I was making for so long on my own. As long as I continue to write this blog, you will find these words somewhere upon its pages. After receiving an email from my girlfriend Susan, once again these precious words came to mind.

Susan’s email was so full of joy that I found myself grinning from ear to ear while sitting alone at my computer yesterday. Her son Eric had just graduated from MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) in San Diego. Like the proud mom that she is, she shared pictures. Her bubbling excitement was contagious, as she told all about her oldest child and his great accomplishment, “Not only did he complete 13 weeks of Marine boot camp, he excelled. Graduating as an Expert Shooter (scored 225 out of 250) and qualified Level 2 at Water Survival.” Her words glowed off of the page.

Last year at this time Susan wasn’t overwhelmed with proud elation, she was heartbroken over a son who had chosen the wide path towards a future of heartache. Eric’s life was not supposed to be this way! He had always been a good son, a great student and a leader in his youth group. His aunts and cousins were shocked and hurt as Eric continued to fall deeper and deeper into a lifestyle of addiction, while bringing his heartbroken mother and siblings along for the ride. All of the dreams she had had for her son seemed to be slipping away. For three years he became someone that she didn’t even recognize, the complete opposite of the son she once knew. Whenever I would see Susan and ask her how things were going, her tears were always close to the surface, yet she never let on that she was in a living hell, she would just ask for my prayers.

As I continued to read her email yesterday, her words of joy pierced my mom-heart, “My first glimpse of him through the crowd I almost didn't recognize him. Since the last time I saw Eric he has lost 45 pounds and I swear he is a couple inches taller, but I think that has to do with how straight he stands now. There isn't just a physical change, but I can see a confidence in him that I've never witnessed before. He uses words like honor, commitment, integrity, brotherhood, future...encouraging words for a mother who wasn't sure where he would end up.”

Once again God’s words flashed, “Behold, He makes all things new.” God is saying, “Just watch and see what I can do.” He is the God of new beginnings, the God who breathes life into dead things, and He is the only one that can turn a life of heartache into a rich and indescribable blessing.


Mari said...

I don't know if you knew this but my son is in the army too. He graduated from basic training in September and is in advanced training now. I know what Susan means when she said her son looks taller and walks with confidence because we all saw that in Andy when we went to his graduation. He will be home next week to spend 2 weeks with us and I can't wait to see him!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! That is fantastic news!

(I also wanted to say thanks for your kind comment on my blog about my "Jack the Fish" post. I really appreciate your encouragment and I am so glad you like the post!)

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! That is fantastic news!

(I also wanted to say thanks for your kind comment on my blog about my "Jack the Fish" post. I really appreciate your encouragment and I am so glad you like the post!)

Fran said...

YEAH! God is so good. He NEVER gives up, quits, gets tired of waiting or tiring out....He is faithful. I'm so happy for your wonderful friend. I pray God continue to use this fine young man to further His kingdom in the world He has placed him.


Anonymous said...

For all those moms out there (and dads) who have children serving (by choice) in the armed forces...Thank YOU! You must be very proud. Any negative comments you might hear normally comes from those who have never served. To volunteer during this time IS courageous and brave.

I LOVE how our God makes ALL things new...I sometimes sit in awe of all He has done for me!

Our God is who He say He is, can do what He says He can do, I am who God says I am, I can do all things through Him, and His Word is alive and active in me!


Lill said...

wow! wonderful! this is really great! Jesus never ceases to amaze me when I see Him at work. He is a wonderful savior, healer, deliverer, friend, He is our mercy, grace, forgiveness and love.Praise be to Him for all He has done here!


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