Every year, I am amazed at the transformation that takes place from winter to spring. Ice and snow seem ripped away, exposing scarred lawns of dead grass. Lifeless trees look ghostly against the sky. And mud is everywhere, making everything look dirty.
But then, it happens.
The prelude begins with fresh, green shoots poking out from beneath dead leaves. Delicate buds form on the tree limbs. The mud disappears. And the gentle rain washes everything new.
Life is like that.
There are seasons of waiting, wondering, and yes, even weeping. Times of feeling like everything has been stripped away, leaving you exposed.
It won’t last forever.
God figured hope in the equation. And just like the hope of spring is a certainty, whatever you are going through will change – for certain.
You don’t see them? I don’t either. Not yet. But they are there. Because without fail, every spring, this little garden spot is alive with wonderful colors and textures.
Underneath the frozen ground is life waiting to be born. A blanket of snow covers and protects the earth as it sleeps. And spring never disappoints. It is always faithful, giving us a glimpse of how God works.
Is there something in you waiting to be born? Has winter gone on so long it has frozen your heart to believing it can get better?
There is a truth that stands no matter if we believe it or not. God is good. He doesn’t think like we do. Months turn into years and we wonder, when?
Time and time again I have seen God take the worst of situations and make something good out of it.
Sometimes, life feels like the long, cold days of winter. There are cozy moments of watching half-dollar sized snowflakes drift while sipping a cup of frothy, hot chocolate. But most of the time, our activities may be limited as we endure the monotony of chipping ice off our windshields, darkness at 4pm, and paying fuel bills.
But, spring is coming. It always comes. It never misses. Ever.
Jesus said the natural world helps us understand spiritual things – those things pertaining to God.
You may be in the “winter” of life with many concerns that are covered with a blanket of uncertainty. Maybe you feel stuck between where you were and where you are going.
Whatever it is, spring will come. Just when you least expect it, something will change. Wait for it with expectancy!