Yes, it is supposed to be Spring. Yes, the temperature is 41 degrees outside right now.
We have a thing in our house. We get past Decemember and start thinking about going somewhere warm in January or February for a couple of weeks. After we get back from that trip Chuck starts to say that we only have to make it one more month and then we’ve made it through another winter.
For some reason that statement always bothers me. I know that every year it snows it April. I know that we have to make it more than one month. Winter isn’t over and somehow that false hope makes the last month or so of winter almost intolerable for me.
There are days of warm sunshine….days of hope, but some days I feel like the weather is just teasing me–making me enjoy the hope of spring only to shower me with hail and snow the week after.
There is something about the cloudy, dreary, windy days in the spring that seem so much more dismal than the same type of day in the fall.
And there you have it….I stuggle with faith and hope in the season of spring.
Some people aren’t like that. They realize that into every season some rain must fall and they take the warm days and cherish them. They know that the warm is eventually coming.
Others see the winter as endless and depressing.
Is there a possibility that our spiritual life is like that as well?
Sometimes we are in the slough of despond and other times our faith is so strong that we know God will bring the next season.
Maybe you are in a time now where you just can’t see the end of the journey you are on. Maybe you feel the hail beating down on you and the wind blowing you so hard that you find it difficult to keep your footing. Perhaps you have stopped trusting in God and started to try to take matters into your own hands–trying to control what you can. And just like we hope that spring is coming-you hope that things are going to get better.
And when it doesn’t–the pain becomes unbearable. You decide maybe it is better not to feel, not to hope, not to believe.
When things get tough, when faith grows weak, when God seems far away…what should you do?
Press On. Lean in to God. Search His word for His promises. Pray.
Watch for all the ways God answers prayers. Celebrate the baby steps!
Don’t hide away, but surround yourself with God’s word and friends that will encourage you through the days.
For I promise you….Spring is coming. It is okay to hope. Even when you don’t see signs of spring God promises us that He is in control and He is working.
Psalms 104:19 – “He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.”
Isaiah 55:10–11 “For as the rain cometh down, And the snow from heaven, And returneth not thither, But watereth the earth, And maketh it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, But it shall accomplish that which I please, And it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Daniel 2:21 – “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season.”
Today I’m going to go outside and lift my eyes towards heaven. I’m going to remember all the things God has done for me and all the things I have seen Him do for others. And if I have to wear my coat for a few more weeks…it’s okay. It will make the warmth even better when I get to enjoy it!
Do you struggle with any of the seasons? I would love to hear about it!