to glorify God... one thought at a time

to glorify God... one thought at a time

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring is Coming


I woke up yesterday morning feeling exceptionally cold.  I am really confused this year,  I mean it’s mid April and there is still frost on the car windows and the temperature will not seem to move above forty degrees.  So I am wondering what happened to spring?  Did it forget to come?  Can we ever expect the temperatures to rise?  I am so ready for the warmer weather that I would like to pay a friendly (not so friendly) visit to Punxsutawney Phil to ask him why he seemed to think spring would be here a few weeks ago.

Habakkuk 3:17-19
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
 God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer's;
    he makes me tread on my high places.
Reading these verses makes me realize a few things. One, that spring is coming and more importantly, that I need to be thankful even in the waiting.  Although the temps are low and the frost does not seem to go away, I do know that the next season is on its way.  Yes, even though Punxsutawney Phil is probably lying on a beach somewhere enjoying the tropics while we are scraping our windows every morning and seeing flurries almost every night.  I know that the spring did not forget to come.   How do I know?
The reason I am so sure is because throughout my life I have learned and know how the seasons work.  The older I get, my mind and body begin to prepare for the season change prior to the weather showing it.  This happens because after so many years of repetition, you sort of just feel it.   Sometimes, we are in the winter season of our lives, yet we know change is happening. Not because of anything we see, but we just know.  We know because our years of experience reveal the signs for the next season.  We know because of what we know and what we hear.
Last week, when I was on spring break, I would wake up and head out.  It felt like winter break, however, something was different.  I could hear the sound chirping of birds.  I could actually close my eyes and feel as if I were walking a trail in the park on a warm summer day.  Of course, that day dream is trampled by the feeling of a cold wind that sends shivers up my spine.  But the truth is that change is coming.  This one sign tells me that the warmth will come.  It tells me that though the trees have no leaves and the cars have frosty windows, I can rejoice in the Lord.  I can know the truth of what’s truly happening.  If I can just hang on for a little while longer, the seasons will change and the warmth will come.  It doesn’t make the cold any less blustery or the frost any easier to scrape.  It just gives me encouragement to just keep walking forward.