Tag: 2 corinthians 5:17

Wars, Watermelons and Worship

“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Growing up, my grandfather would tell us stories from his experience in World War II. One particular story sticks out in my mind about a night he and his Marine buddies were hunkered down in a field, surrounded by the enemy. They had identified the enemy by their round helmets silhouetted against the moonlit sky. He recalls how fear gripped him all night long as he stared at the enemy before him.

Just before dawn and much to their relief, they realized they had been pinned down all night long in a field of watermelons which they had mistaken for enemy helmets. The fierce enemy they imagined had been blown out of proportion by fear and imagination. A new day brought new perspective.

Perspective can easily slip away from each of us.  Sometimes our circumstances are so overwhelming and in our face, it’s all we can do to make it through another day.  Often times those seasons last far longer than we’d like.  What does it take to break free? It takes action on our part. We can’t sit around and wait for the season to end, but instead must proactively engage. One of our greatest weapons in seasons of despair is worship.  It’s the very thing that puts perspective back on our side. It allows us to see who God is and allows him to be bigger than our circumstances. Worship is a matter of thinking right thoughts about who God is. When we understand who He is, we know who we are.

Today through worship, let’s begin to let the old mindsets pass away and fix our eyes on the new that has come.

By Blake Hartsock

Director of Antioch Discipleship School (Day School)