Every couple weeks I write a blurb for The Journey’s weekly email.
Hope you enjoy them as I publish them here as well!
Spring has sprung with a vengeance. The weather is sunny, the sky is clear. Birds are singing, people are recovering from colds faster and it makes it hard to stay angry or frustrated or to shake your fist cartoonishly at the heavens.
Yet somehow it seems that winter manages to linger in our hearts.
There’s no biblical precedent for it that I know of, but it seems that the seasons help define our moods to a large degree. Summer is the epitome of Australiana, sunny and carefree. Autumn is transitional, whimsical, thoughtful. Winter is for hunkering down, survival mode. Sometimes it’s all we can do to get through winter. It’s in our spiritual winters that we rely on God deeply, which is a beautiful thing – Jesus’ power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9).
Part of growing in our faith is leaning on God during our spiritual winters and embracing the new life of our spiritual springs. God may lead us through times that challenge us and that we cannot explain, but He also leads us through times that bless us and prosper us. In those times we have to shake off winter and embrace spring, otherwise we’re not truly grasping the fullness of God’s plan for our lives and not praising Him for what He gives us.
The new life of spring looks like this: repentance, forgiveness, grace.
Which part do you need to embrace this week?