“For as the soil makes the young plant come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” — Isaiah 61:11 (NIV-UK)
As I looked out of the window, and gazed at the wind and the rain, and now the heavy snow, I looked back at this photograph that I took only a couple of days ago in amazement and awe, and with a longing in my heart for the heat to return!
I must admit, I don’t like the cold. It’s over a decade since I had to endure the freezing cold for days and weeks without respite, and without enough clothing to warm my bones. Although I sat on the hot water pipes in my room my extremities, and indeed my inner being, felt freezing cold. Ever since those days, I have struggled with the cold weather.
So as I watch the snow and rain this morning, the wind howling and the trees swaying wildly, I thank God that I am warm. And I only have to think back to the day before yesterday, when I was walking out in the bright, warm sunshine and taking photographs of the brilliant flowers basking in the warmth of the day, to know that the winter’s cold is drawing to an end. You see, spring is here.
Winter – however harsh and harrowing – will give way to spring. That is the promise of the seasons; time, and life, march on, and as March gives way to April, so the warmth returns to our land – at least here in Wales. Flowers seem to burst forth from the dreary earth. Snowdrops give way to daffodils, closely followed by primroses and buttercups and dandelions, a plethora of shapes and shades of yellow to reflect the sun.
Yellow, it seems, is the predominant colour of springtime. Is it a co-incidence that the colour of this season seems to reflect the colour of the sun? Perhaps, it is to remind us that when we experience a season of winter in our lives, we should always remember that the Son – Jesus, the Son of our heavenly Father, God – is just around the corner, waiting for us. Just as it seems there is no hope, that the winter of suffering or struggling or sorrow or shame goes on and on; the seasons change, and the promises of spring are sprung – the Son returns. Easter is a reminder that Jesus rose again from death; the winter is no more, the Son burst forth into glorious life and all the flowers of the fields burst forth to reflect the colour of the sun to remind us that life springs eternal, and that He is life. HE IS ALIVE!
The promises of spring are for us all, regardless of what winters we endure; the warmth of the Son will return. And one day, we are told, the Son will truly return. Jesus will return, and will walk this earth again one day. And when He does,
… the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”
— Isaiah 61:11 (NIV-UK)
We will praise Him like never before. All winter will have passed, and the springtime will have come. The Son will shine like never before. There will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more suffering, no more shame. All those who are in Christ Jesus – if we believe in Him – will be saved and will be secure. On that day, the winter will fade forever, as all things will be made new.
If you are going through difficulties in life right now – if you are struggling or suffering, in sorrow or feeling shame; you don’t have to struggle through this season without hope, the hope of spring time to come. Storms will still come, there will still be – as today – days of rain and snow and harsh winds and of struggles. But if you are in Christ Jesus, you will know the hope – the confident hope, and the promise – that spring will come.
If you don’t know that hope in your heart today, or you don’t understand some of this, or struggle to believe some of this; please get in touch. We would love to talk with you.
May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that we can look forward to the warm sun of the spring after the darkest, coldest winters. Thank You for the precious flowers of the fields to remind us of this. Help us know your promises in our lives today. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
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