Seasons in Life and Faith
Spring has sprung…or has it?
I can’t wait to say, “spring is here. Yay!” No more white stuff just tiny bits of green peeking out of the ground as if to say, “My turn!”
Don’t get me wrong. I like winter. After Christmas…not so much.
Before Christmas and for Christmas? Count me in! Who doesn’t love seeing the joy snow brings children and to the winter sports lovers?
The children enjoy building snow people and forts and tunnels, making snow angels, challenging each other to snowball fights, eating snow cones and so on.
The winter sports lovers can’t seen to satisfy their need for adventure with skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snow tubing, ice skating and so on.
Yes. I do love the snow but for the most part, once the newness of winter has worn off, we are looking with almost impatient expectancy for spring and warmer weather.
This is Getting Old
As I write this, it is still winter. Maybe you are already begging for spring.
Might I ask, when was the last time you stopped and looked at a freshly fallen snowflake…up close?
God forms these beautiful flakes to fall to the ground, of all places. The detail and intricate design in a snowflake is a reflection of His glory, creativity and grandeur. The way they glitter as they pile on top each other is almost dizzying. The attention to detail God put into the forming of each one is sadly so unappreciated, at times.
While winter is associated many times with loss, loneliness, cold and being shut in; Spring is a season of new life, new beginnings and love.
Now you are talking!
If you live in New England, there is no guarantee when the white stuff will stop falling from the sky and let’s not forget the sudden morning frosts that appear.
Winter of the Soul
In hard times, we can feel like a tiny seedling: fragile, delicate, vulnerable, buried under a hardened earth’s surface, alone in the dark and longing for spring. Somewhere instilled in us is a longing for the light of the sun.
We wait and follow this innate sense to search for light until we reach the surface. Oh joy, sun! Next day, WHAM! We are greeted with frost- again! Can anyone relate? I think we all have had times like that.
Maybe you are in a kind of frost in your personal life right now? We follow what we believe is God’s leading about something, we act on it and soon after, WHAM! We are met with a kind of frost. Disappointment and confusion enter our heart. Maybe our internal dialogue is less than flattering at times…
“You aren’t enough, you’re no good.”
Yes. The frosts come and go but we needn’t fear them. We need the frost. The frost may make you feel like a bruised reed, (Matthew 12:20) but thank you, God, He will not allow the bruised reed or the smoking flax (our hope in Him) to be quenched.
Hope Pushes Through
Like a tiny seedling longing for the light and warmth of the sun; God instilled in us a longing to seek Him. We don’t always recognize it is Him we need, but down the road, we either humbly accept that reality or reject it. In the mean time, God faithfully pursues us, not willing that any be lost.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some men count slowness; but is long-suffering (patient) to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:9
For the seeker, the innate longing to find the Son and have His light of truth, motivates them toward this hope will to push through whatever crusty earth’s surface they feel trapped under.
The more we learn of Who God is through the hearing and reading of His Word, the Bible, the more our faith grows and our longing for the warm embrace of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, His Son. The tougher the challenge, the more awareness of our need to trust Him.
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus. He ever calls us to “listen and come.” frost or no frost, Our Heavenly Father sings over us victory songs, builds our life with His comfort, courage and living hope.
Before we know it, we are growing from faith to faith, flooded with His power and strength and following hard after Him.
At all times, we can trust God Who was and is and is to come, the Almighty or…we can think we can handle life without Him. (P.S. I read the back of The Book and believe me; we NEED Him.)
Whether you are a follower of Jesus or a seeker of Jesus, He loves you! Trust Him with all you don’t know and then trust Him…deeper still. You will not be disappointed.
Oh, how awesome the light of the sun feels on a tender fragile seedling that has persevered so faithfully to push through the hard crusty earth’s surface…to see the light of day!
Oh how awesome the light of the Son is.
Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6.
God’s light of truth for our tender seeking heart gives us the faith and motivation to press on. Jesus gives us His strength and then some for the journey through the hard crust earth’s surface of sin and doubt. As a matter of fact, He didn’t make us conquerors, He made us MORE THAN conquerors through Him who loves us. Romans 8:37
The Word of God, is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword. Our challenges and confusion are no match for it! It helps us focus and live with purpose until we are at last, face to face with Jesus. It is He we grow to trust and love though we have not seen Him.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.
Yes, my friend. If you “found” this blog today, guess what? It wasn’t an accident.
If you are in a frost season of your life, I’d like to offer you comfort, courage and hope by saying this:
As sure as the earth’s seasons come and go, so will your longed for spiritual spring.
You can bank on it. It’s God’s heart for you and anyone else who seeks after Him.
Jeremiah 29:13, And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.