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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: As Winter Fades And Beauty Awakens
By Karla Carlson


Plants are such amazing things. They lay dormant in the ground through the winter, some even looking dead on the surface. Then as the ground begins to warm and the rains begin to fall you begin to see small green pieces of life begin to spring forth. Roses are such a perfect example because you can trim them back in the fall to almost nothing, and through the winter they sit and wait. Then as spring arrives small leaves begin to emerge and soon you have an incredible plant full of such life and beauty.

Our journey through life can very much be like the life of a rose. We have moments where the Lord trims and prunes us back as he strives to mold us into his image. It is so easy to get caught up in life, and so busy that our relationship with God almost becomes dormant. We go to church, attend Sunday school, and even volunteer in the nursery but are we really striving to grow in the Lord. It is easy for Sunday’s to become so busy and scheduled that we miss the message. Then we rush into our week with a full schedule for you and the kids. Then you find yourself looking forward to your one evening at home with the family, because the rest of the week is full speed ahead.

When we reach this point, it is so easy to find that our spiritual walk may begin to become dormant. It is not dead or even dying, but we are so caught up in everything that we’re really not showing any new growth. These are moments in life where I find the Lord not only pruning me back, but as I begin to slow down and seek His face my desire for him grows. Just like a plant in the spring that is yearning for sunlight, water and the warmth of the sun. So that it can again stretch out to the world to reveal its great beauty.

Job 29:23 says, “They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain. (NIV) This is a wonderful picture of how when we slow down and pause from the chaos of our lives, the Lord is there waiting for us to drink him in. Just as the plants do in the spring rain. Once we receive that fresh Word, it is amazing how our dormant state begins to awake, and fresh desires begin to take hold. Priorities begin to shift and the Lord is allowed to once again participate in our lives, and not just be a spectator from the sidelines. Don’t just sit back and know him, but drink in the Lord as the plants strive to drink in the spring rain. Helping them wake of from their dormant state and once again reveal their true God given beauty.

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Deana Thomas07/31/09
I like the way you compare & contrast our life cycle with the life of a rose. How true that he prunes us back with purpose. Your last paragraph is powerful. I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about "adulthood".