We All Need Spring
Hello My Friends,
It is a beautiful day here in Stow, Ohio! Spring has finally sprung! With each flower peeking through the ground and with all the trees and their pop-corning buds, the earth seems to be stretching its arms from a long, cold sleep. Anticipation is in the air for something new, fresh and beautiful. This is how spring makes me feel…like something new is in the air. I NEED SPRING!
I think all of us, at some level, are ready for something new and fresh in our lives. For many, this has been a long, harsh winter in more ways than one. I have prayed with many people these last few months who just seem to be lost in the cold. Circumstances have blown some brutal arctic winds into their lives. For them, the cold has bothered them and they can’t sing “Let It Go” like Elsa from the movie Frozen. It has been downright Soul Chilling! It’s as if two ice-blue hands have reached into their soul with a death grip. THEY NEED SPRING!
Just as the earth needs spring to warm up and wake up its bounty, our hearts need the warmth and promise of spring to thaw out our souls from hopelessness and fear into trust and faith. WE ALL NEED SPRING!
What spring says to me, and I hope to those who are reading, is that God WILL NOT leave anyone or anything permanently in the cold. The resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, assures us of this promise.
Even the Apostle Paul felt the cold and darkness in his life. Read this From 2 Corinthians 8-10:
8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. (emphasis mine)
Paul learned, as we all must, that the cold dark times have their way of drawing us closer to the Father. We were not designed to be cold toward and distant from the One who made us. When times are good, we tend to pull away and be cold. We all want to be in control. But we were not designed to be our own god. We were designed to depend on God the Father for everything we do because we love and trust him.
And we must be honest and acknowledge that bad things do happen to good people. I don’t know why. But as Timothy Keller says, “I know what it CAN’T BE. It can’t be because God doesn’t care.” That is so true! The fact that God sent His Son into this dark, cold drama of humanity to be its hero should tell us all that HE CARES and He feels everything we feel.
So let us all take time today and reflect on the promise of spring! Let it warm our hardened hearts and souls. Let it renew our relationships, churches, schoolhouses, courthouses, and yes, even the public discourse over the ballot box. Our lives need less cold, selfish ambition and more warm, loving rays of the greatest love of all…God’s love. In the end, this is the only thing that can truly warm, renew and revive the coldness in our lives.