As I reflect on the beginning of spring’s unfolding its wings so that it may once again take flight in April skies, my winter-weary eyes rejoice in the growing glow of springtime green.
There have been, I confess, recent moments in which I have found my heart weighed down by this decidedly tenacious winter as it taunts and torments us with its many springtime false-starts. One warm and gorgeous day turns into a dozen gray, cold and wet ones.
Still, spring has essentially arrived though one or two more cold snaps may yet fling their wintry worst at us. Even these can’t stop spring: cold must give way to warmth; darkness must yield to light.
Winter of the soul must also yield to a spring of spiritual life inasmuch as we place our lives in the light of the hope of Jesus Christ! Akin to one who has become weary of winter is one who is trapped in the gloom of despair and hopelessness, frozen by worry and sorrow, or buried in an avalanche of bitterness and resentment. But can such a life as this ever find a light steady and sure enough to drive away the shadows of fear or drive out the chill of loneliness?
The answer is as simple as finding a cozy sunbeam on a warm, sunny day. When spring comes, those who are hungry for it don’t go and stick their heads in their refrigerator freezer so they can continue to lament their hopelessness. No, they bask in the sunlight, letting its golden rays warm them. Neither do they find a dingy basement in which to hide. They let the glorious radiance fill their eyes as they drink in all the lovely sights that such light illuminates for them.
The offer of a spiritual spring is ours, you know. A thawing of our cold hearts and a springing up of the blossoms of hope, joy, and peace will fill our lives if we’ll place our faith in Christ Jesus, stepping out of our iceboxes of apathy, selfishness, and pride.
I’m not one to write off such hope as being too idealistic to be true. I know that God has promised such hope, so I believe it. And because I believe it, I am ushered into the spiritual position necessary before the Lord for Him to demonstrate that I have not believed in vain.
Are you in need of a spiritual springtime? Then place your faith in Christ Jesus. Let Him melt the icicles of unbelief in your heart and allow Him to place a fire inside of you that cannot be quenched. Why walk on the thin ice of self-reliance when you could be swimming in the warm waters of God’s love? Believe Him and receive Him today. See that He is both great and good!
“I love the LORD, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘O LORD, save me!’ The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, He saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. For You, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed; therefore I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’ And in my dismay I said, ‘All men are liars.’… O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank offering to You and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people.” (Psalm 116:1-11, 16-18 NIV).