I used to thrift a lot; it was one of my favorite things to do before I had kids, Those days are long gone, they belong to the pre-child woman who can rummage through endless racks of clothes without a screaming child trying to get her attention or, worse yet, the child turning the store upside down. I often reminisce about my thrifting days, the thrill of finding something old that was ‘new’ to me.
There’s something about the word “new” that just feels good… “Is that new?!” We exclaim when we see our friend wearing something we haven’t seen them in before. The smell of a brand new car, a fresh white shirt for work, new shoes, a new relationship, a new apartment, a new job. It’s the untouched, something that hasn’t been tarnished in any way, hasn’t been used. In fact studies have linked experiencing something ‘new’ results in the ‘feel-good’ chemical dopamine being released in the brain, so when we experience the ‘new’, we feel good.
In fact we can feel so good that we spend our whole lives seeking this dopamine release! It’s like a drug. We all know people who become so addicted to the newness’ of travel that they end up uprooting their old lives in order to travel for months at a time in search of a ‘new’ place, something they’ve never seen before, or in search of becoming a new person. Some people search perpetually for new romantic relationships, ditching the old ones, because of the feeling of the newness. It’s untainted. They feel they can start fresh...until it gets old.
God is old, He’d older than you and I, but He created the new. The word new, the concept new, He created a new world that you and I live in, and He prepares ‘the new heaven and the new earth’ where we will spend eternity. God loves the new.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 TPT:
Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new. And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God.
Entirely new creation.
The old has vanished.
Everything is fresh and new.
God has made all things new.
God transforms the old into the new, starting with you.
He enters into every old place in our hearts, our minds, our soul, our body, every used and abused part, every second-hand part, every broken part and transforms it into the “fresh and new.” He doesn’t re-use and recycle our lives, like a thrift store. Instead He completely transforms and recreates. God cannot help Himself. He so desperately wants to share all the newness with us. The new love He gave, the new peace, the new life He created when He sent His son to die on the cross for all the old stuff. In that moment the old vanished and was replaced by the new. The old fears, the old damage, the old mistakes, the old thinking, the old way of living…He gave us a brand new way of living.
Isaiah 43:19 says,
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"
God has done a new thing and He continues to do a new thing, so let’s be women who perceive it, who see it, who have faith for it, who have hope for it. He’s about to do the miraculous in and through the women of our city.