It’s SPRING! The birds are chirping, the dogwoods are blossoming, and the temperatures are rising. When I think of spring, I correlate the shift in the earth with a shift in the seasons of life. Spring represents new life. It succeeds winter – a time where the weather is cold and bitter, the plants die, and you’re prone to sickness. It is also a time where many people slip into a depression. But now – we march into spring. I wanted to encourage you as this beautiful season ushers into full bloom:
My brothers and sisters in Christ, God is working everything out for your good. If you’ve gotten weary in this season of life, renew your strength in the Lord and stand on His promises, for surely His promises are yes and amen. I’ve been there – where it felt like God was silent or not much is manifesting. But I’m here to tell you that God has not forgotten about you. Sometimes our faith is tested. Sometimes trials and tribulations blow our way. Sometimes we feel like throwing in the towel. But hold on! Keep the faith!
Keep praying and warring in the spirit. A frustration, in the natural, is a contraction in the spirit. The birthing process is oftentimes difficult, challenging, and even painful. But I exhort you with James 1:2-4, which tells us...
"Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
We have to learn to trust God even when it’s hard. He is faithful, and so should we be. He’s our Heavenly Father, and knows precisely what we need and also what we desire, for Psalm 37:4 reminds us that if we delight in the Lord, He will grant us the desires of our heart. As you see the beautiful foliage budding around you, reflect on its Creator. If God knows how to adorn the earth, surely He knows how to take care of you – His precious child.
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye little faith? (Luke 12:27-28)
Keep your soul refreshed with the word of God. It’s easy to get discouraged when things are not happening fast enough, when things seem to fall apart, and when things just don’t make sense. But keep walking by faith and not by sight. Cast all your cares upon the Lord, and He will sustain you. Guard your heart with the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
My friend, relax in the splendor and the glory of spring. Take a walk in the park. Engage with nature. Inhale the fresh air. Don’t just Spring-clean your home. But ask God to do a cleaning in your heart and spirit. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:7)
I pray that you are encouraged on this day. Bask in the presence of God through intimate worship and prayer. Put on a garment of praise. Your worst day with Jesus is better than your best day without Him!
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. [Isaiah 43:18-19]