Tea Leaves and New Creations

As I have been reading books about Regency England for my novel, I come across interesting facts. One that I found in Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England by Christine Hughes was about tea adulteration. During that time, people would sell used tea leaves, which would then be dried, redyed, and sold to lower classes.

I am a person who loves analogies to help explain God’s working in the lives of humanity. And so of course, upon reading that “new” tea was made from old tea, my brain started searching for an analogy. But can we, as Christians, be compared to this so-called “smouch” (the “new” tea)? II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV) The tea leaves are still the old leaves, just made to look new – no doubt deceiving to the undiscerning eye.

It has occurred to be before and again strikes me now that we cannot find the perfect analogy for the mysteries of God’s plan of salvation for His chosen people. There is no such thing. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33, ESV) If we were to try to come up with a plan of salvation for ourselves, no doubt we would be just as lost in our sin as all humanity has been since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. Praise God that He has not left us to our own devices, but has entered our fallen world in the Person of His Son, Christ Jesus! Through the sacrifice of His blood, we are made clean, made into a new creation!


2 thoughts on “Tea Leaves and New Creations

  1. Hi Sarah,
    I'm also taking Linore's class and saw your blog address there. You're starting off beautifully. I love the butterfly. Best of luck on keeping up with all of your hats!
    Carolynn Carey


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