1.17.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Lessons From the Eiffel Tower

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When I was 18, I went to Paris with my literature teacher and a few other girls from school.

Our trip started in England and included Switzerland and Germany, but Paris was my favorite.

I think the Eiffel Tower is beautiful and standing at the top of it, while admiring Paris, and the Seine River remain strong in my memory, even twenty-(mumbling-sounds)-six years later.

It’s fairly common knowledge that the Parisians of the 1880s did not share the modern day perspective about the Eiffel Tower.

It was considered an eye-sore, and an embarrassment on the Parisian landscape.

Built to serve as the gateway to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was scheduled for destruction in 1909.

But flash forward a couple of decades, and the Eiffel Tower was discovered to be helpful with communications.

So it was allowed to stay, and today it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

All this to say… we can find something in common with the Eiffel Tower.

It doesn’t matter about our pasts or what others have thought about us.

We too were headed for destruction.

But our Almighty God and Great Redeemer had mercy. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Once we’ve surrendered our life to Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to live in us, we have a new purpose.

We are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We have this promise from God Himself.

In Revelations 21:5, it says, “And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”

And because God never breaks a promise, we can take Him at His word that He can do new and great things in us and through us—not because we are able, but because through Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Today, as you pray, thank God for His ability to make all things new.

Thank Him that though you were headed for destruction, He saved you through Jesus Christ.

Ask the Holy Spirit to continue making you new every day.

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