There is something magical about spring. Bulbs push through lingering crusts of snow to bloom. Frogs bring back their nightly serenade. Trees burst forth with new buds after being dormant for months, weathering brutal temperatures, fierce winds, and unrelenting rain and heavy snows.
We’ve all struggled through winters in our lives. It seems we’ll never break through to spring. Circumstances, pain, sorrow, and grief blow around us like a blizzard, blinding us to anything but the hardship we’re enduring.
But like the long months of winter seem to linger, they can’t last forever. Spring is always around the corner.
Just like new babies being born, Jesus is waiting to birth hope and healing in your heart. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. Not even in the depths of our longest bleakest winters.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (NLV) Isaiah 43:2
I know what it is to walk through the deep waters, rivers of difficulty, and fires of oppression. I went through them when I lost my baby to an ectopic pregnancy, when people I loved dearly were and are consumed with addictions, when my child was hurt by the hand of another. But I’m here to tell you, Jesus was there through of all it with me.
He held me in the palm of His hand when I literally could not stand through the pain, when my knees buckled beneath me. He brought comfort when my heart felt burned and raw. And He redeemed those times with His love and faithfulness.
I’m not saying I want to walk there again, but my faith was made stronger because of them.
One of the greatest gift’s God gives us is hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Whenever you see new growth and new births this spring, I want you to think of hope. The hope we have in a relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. He is there for me. He is there for you.
I pray you will step into spring and new life. Hold onto the hope.
What things has God made new in your life? Where has He brought you hope?