Monday, March 1, 2010

There is a season

I never quote scripture.
Not because I don’t know any but I’m just not good at it. 
My words get jumbled. 
I paraphrase.
And it just doesn’t sound as good as the PROMISE that is truly there.

But here is the one that came to me today.

‘This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it’

I LOVE this day!
Not for any other reason but that it’s finally MARCH.
And not because we’re really done with winter.
But it’s still March
Spring is approaching.  Winter will be saying it’s sweet goodbye soon.
And I WILL bid it a very fond farewell!!

There is a PROMISE in today.
An assurance that there is something better coming.
Beauty is right around the corner.

A new day will dawn. 
Life will be made new. 
Sunshine will engulf us again & bring a much needed comfort. 
Burden will lift from our shoulders & be replaced by peace & calm.

Our lives are a lot like this too.

We feel much more safe in the spring & summer months. 
Life is good. 
Worth celebration.
We enjoy the longer days.  
We appreciate the freedom that is given.
We can rest.
And there is more fruit to enjoy than we even know what to do with.
The blessings are there for the taking.

Unfortunately, we can’t live in the covenant of spring and summer all the time.
Frost will blanket our safe meadow.
Pruning will need to be done.
The things that surround us will become brittle.  Die off.  Leave us with what appears to be nothing but a frigid darkness that we can’t see our way through.

I have been there.
I don’t like winter.
I have been pruned until I didn’t feel like there was anything left to strip away.
I could see no light. 
I wanted anything that represented hope to come along and snag me right out of that place, that time, that season.

I can assure you that no matter what season you are in, that there is a promise.  I have made it through a very long winter.  And there was finally beauty around the corner.  He will not leave us in that place.  He will prune me again I’m sure.  And once again, I won’t like it.  But I will rest in the promise that God gives us.  He will never forsake us.  He will bring us through the darkness.  There is beauty in the refining.  There will be flowers in the garden again.  Sunshine will break through. 

And I WILL rejoice in this day!

1 comment:

  1. Amen and amen. Thank God for there being another day and season. That God loves us too much to leave us where we are, even if it means pruning instead of what WE think we want or need. That He says His grace is sufficient for our weaknesses and whatever may be our thorn that isn't being removed from us right now. That He has something for us RIGHT NOW and each day. If you don't have all of this to cling to, then what do you have??!?!?!?