Spring: The Season of Hope

Song of Solomon 2:11-12  For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

I just love the spring. Birds are chirping, squirrels are frolicking, the grass is starting to green, flowers are starting to come up from the ground, and colors are coming back to the earth.  This is such a beautiful reminder from the Father of our new life in Him. After such a dark period with no leaves on the trees and dead grass, there is now hope for what we know is coming. Flowers, colorful birds, bright green leaves, and new life all around us.

The seasons are the perfect symbol of our lives. Through the dark and difficult times, there is always hope of better days to come. We know, without any doubt, that spring will eventually come (even if you live in Michigan like me and it feels like forever!).  But, do we believe it as fact that the dark days in our life will eventually come to an end?

For everything there is a season. We know with life experience that the hard times don’t actually last forever.  There is always hope for better days. Depending on what you are facing, this may take days, weeks, or years.  Whether losing a job and facing temporary financial hardship, or facing the loss of a loved one, the days do get easier with time.  There are some wounds our hearts never heal from, but if we allow Him to work in us, we have hope that our suffering will somehow bring good to the Kingdom.

Romans 8:28 serves as a reminder that God is working for our good, whether we can see it now or not.  Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us that if we lean on Him, He will make our paths straight.  Isaiah 41:13 tells us that He is our helper and will hold our hand through trials.  Some things just don’t make sense.  Why would anyone have to lose a child?  Why would anyone have to suffer through a brutal divorce?  Why would a woman be beaten by her husband?  The truth is, we won’t know God’s plan for us until we are face to face with Him.  The Bible never promises us a pain-free life if we follow Him, but we do have the promise that He will carry us through and use these hardships for good.  Maybe that woman who lost her child becomes a grief counselor and helps hundreds of couples in her life, bringing many to Christ.  Maybe that woman who dealt with a divorce is better able to teach her children the ways of Jesus, and perhaps that battered woman becomes an advocate to other women who face the same trials.

The fact is, we don’t know what God is doing.  Faith is what carries us through the dark, dark winters of our lives and into the hopeful spring of God’s promises.  Remain hopeful, casting your pain and fears on Him, and be aware of how He is pulling you to help others.  Better days are on the horizon, so don’t give up just yet.  The spring of your broken heart will eventually come.

Think About It:

  1. What pain have you faced in your life that doesn’t seem fair?
  2. How have you used that pain to bring glory to God?
  3. If you haven’t, how can you turn your tears into testimony and help bring others to Christ?

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