We had a beautiful spring weekend up here in Western, PA. As I was walking my dog the other day, I was amazed at all of the spring beauty that had been covered by the winter’s snow. Funny how the beauty was always there, I just was unable to see it because it was covered with snow for three months. My 75 pound dog also showed his excitement of spring as he dragged me across each lawn to chase every bushy-taled squirrel that he could find. If you ever saw the movie Marley and Me, you get the idea.
As I was enjoying the outdoors, or at least trying to enjoy them between each dragging of the dog, I began to think about what spring means in my own life. Spring is all about new birth, newness, and hope. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have been waiting for spring to break forth in my life for a long time. I need that hope of newness and renewal in my life. Isaiah 43:19 says:
“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
The suffering and pain and uncertainty that you have been going through is not in vain. It has been a season that you have had to walk through. But I believe God is wanting us to not lose hope. Through all of the suffering, and with every tear that has been shed, our purpose is going to be birthed.
When you think about spring, you will notice that there is a struggle between the warm and cold temperatures. Winter doesn’t want to let go very easily. It is wonderfully warm one day, and snowing the next. Discouragement sets in becasue you think spring should come easily. But I want you to know that anything new in our lives does not come without a struggle. Just as spring does not arrive without storms and tornadoes, so spring in our own lives does not occur without a time of travail. A woman does not give birth without pain and travail. The pain is always the greatest right before the birth. If you are in the darkest pit and you are unable to see because of the storm raging around you, just buckle up and hold on, because spring is coming. I saw the flower buds, I heard the birds singing, I felt the newness in the air and I know that spring is coming. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says:
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep; and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”
As you can see, there are different seasons that we each must go through in our lives. Some are joyous, and some we would rather do without. But we need to remember that it is a season to go through. We are not going to stay in the season. Seasons change and we must be willing to change and let God do His perfect work in us.
Be encouraged and know that your season is changing, hope is rising, and spring is on its way.