Spring Is Coming!

frosty pineHave you ever walked across a frozen field in the cold of winter? The frost sparkling on the barbed wire, the dead branches of the seemingly lifeless trees scraping the iron-gray sky? There is a silence.  A waiting. A wondering. Is everything dead? Will the ground ever produce again? You look up at the sky and wonder why the winter came.  You wonder what God was doing.  Why did He allow the frost? Questions pile on questions, and all around you is only silence.  The only sound is your footsteps against the frozen snow.

winter bare treeWinter can be lonely and frightening.  Blizzards come that threaten to rip you apart.  Storms of anger, and weeping, and sadness overwhelm you.  But between the storms, a beautiful quiet comes.  On the surface, winter appears to be a time of death, but it is also a time when the sap begins to rise in the trees giving them new life.  It’s a time when the earth rests and prepares for new harvest. It is a time of waiting. And the waiting has a beauty too.

Over the frozen expanse of your soul, a silent voice speaks, and if you’re willing to listen, it will tell you that everything is going to be okay. It will assure you of God’s love. In a frozen wasteland, a whisper carries far and is memorable. A connection to God can be forged that is even more potent because of the stillness. Winter makes God’s voice loud.  The whisper becomes a shout. And the shout becomes more real than the frozen snow around you.

ice meltingAs you slowly let go of your disappointment and confusion, almost imperceptibly, spring begins to come. Small things.  Little changes. A trickle of water, a blade of green, clouds parting to reveal a glimpse of blue sky.  Chilly gales become warm breezes. And in the crusted snow, the first crocuses of spring slowly appear. Splashes of color against the desolation.

Questions asked in the middle of winter aren’t always answered immediately.  But as time passes, the truth of Romans 8:28 is revealed. God turns every bad thing into something good. And as that truth settles in and becomes your reality, frozen winter melts into glorious spring. Contentment comes.

If you’re in the middle of winter—if the blizzard winds are howling around and the life you once knew is dead—don’t despair.  You’re going to make it.  Things will change. Never forget that spring is on its way. The crocuses are about to peek out and greet the sun.

purple crocus snow“For the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up and the time of the singing birds has come. Yes, spring is here!” Song of Solomon 2:12

6 thoughts on “Spring Is Coming!

  1. Hurray and hallelujah! Just yesterday I considered posting bluebonnet pictures. The skies in Texas have been gray and dismal since November and I know many hearts have too. But our God promises hope! He is Hope!

    Thank you for your inspiring thoughts this morning! Waiting expectantly is the key. ❤

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    1. Dear DiAne, I love your bluebonnet pictures! They are always so pretty! I’m sorry that the skies in Texas have been so gray. Like you, I love the fact that God promises us hope! 🙂 And you are right–waiting expectantly is key! I hope you have a lovely day! Thanks so much for all of your kind words! ❤

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  2. I am noticing that there is an eery quiet outside today. The area is expecting our first snowfall of the winter. People in this area are rushing to the stores, trying to prepare for the possible snow storm. I even saw a pickup truck with a snow plow attached on the front, cruising the streets. The birds are at the feeder and the squirrels are seeking food. Yes, you are right, spring is coming. But, for today, we are in the midst of winter. Like the winter will pass, so will our troubles. God loves us so very much. He is with us in all seasons. 🙂

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    1. What a beautiful comment!!! You painted pictures in my mind! I could SEE the expectant wait! And like you, I love the fact that God is with us in all seasons! I hope you have a fabulous day! Thank you so much for sharing! ❤

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