New is a small three-letter word that brings happy thoughts to mind. It has become popular in our society and almost has a meaning of its own; for example the “new car interior smell.” But I like to look at the dictionary meanings of words that we use so frequently we often don’t remember exactly what they mean. “New” is an adjective and adjectives describe nouns (things) so here are some definitions to consider:
1. not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.
• not previously used or owned.
• of recent origin or arrival. (a new baby)
• (of vegetables) dug or harvested early in the season. (new potatoes)
2. already existing but seen, experienced, or acquired recently or now for the first time.
• (of a person) inexperienced at or unaccustomed to doing (something).
• unfamiliar or strange to (someone).
• in addition to another or others already existing.
• (in place names) discovered or founded later than and named after.
3. just beginning or beginning anew and regarded as better than what went before
• (of a person) reinvigorated or restored.
• superseding another or others of the same kind, and advanced in method or theory. (“the new architecture”)
• reviving another or others of the same kind.
Over the past month or so we’ve had a lot of “new” in our lives and I’d like to share some of that. Starting with the second definition, already existing but seen or experienced for the first time. New England autumns have been around forever but until this year I had never seen or experienced the beauty myself. I’d seen pictures, but never been. Pictures I have seen and the ones we snapped ourselves just don’t capture the brilliance of the colors, but here are a few examples:
We were told by some of the locals that we hit the leaves at their peak colors, but this year wasn’t one of the best. It was still new and beautiful to me and I couldn’t help but wonder how someone could believe all of this beauty could “just happen” without an intelligent designer and creator.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
We’ve also experienced newness in the category of never existing before when our daughter in St. Pete called to tell us she was pregnant again.
This precious baby is an answer to many prayers and we are so thankful, even if we are a bit nervous about it. I am confident, however, that this will be a beautiful rainbow baby and I’m excited about a new baby, and yes another new experience.
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Ps. 139: 13-14