March 21, 2013, the first full day of Spring!
Snow and cold welcome the first day of spring in my part of the world. If not for the calendar date and earlier rising of the sun one would think it is still winter.
The calendar season and our lives have something in common. There is growth, whether we see it or not. Do we trust the One who preserves the life of a tree through a long frozen winter season?
We are just now emerging from a long winter season. Sometimes over the year, it seemed we would never feel the sun’s warmth upon our faces and yet still we chose to believe in the unchanging promises of God.
Our personal season of winter has changed, in sync with the natural. On the last calendar day of winter, we were glad recipients of the news that Bruce’s last PSA test registered at LESS than 0.01. That is awesome!
On any given day, tired in body, we could have given up our stand of faith and let our voices declaring our stand of faith be mute. We chose to press on and press through the seemingly insurmountable walls before us.
Praise God for His Word of hope and expectation!
Psalm 18:29 “For by you I can run through a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.”
In the midst of the running if uncertainty tries to crowd in on faith, the Word we have hidden in our heart will cry out,
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him”.
In the running of our race of faith, we must focus. We might even have to put aside for a time, some pleasures and concentrate on being in shape for the race. My faith focus and strengthened faith are worth any book sales I missed, worth any friendships not made. Conversely, because of my faith focus, book sales have risen considerably and God has blessed me with rich friendships, both in person and online. I am thankful.
It is what we do in the secret place; in the dark winter season of our lives that breaks up the fallow ground of our hearts so new growth can come forth.
The light shines differently in winter, yet still the snow sparkles and diamonds glisten on the tree branches. The light of God’s word shines in our hearts in the darkest and bleakest days and if, just if, we choose to, we can find the treasures in His word that will radiate within us.
Some of the treasures God has revealed to me in the winter of our life:
Choosing to be determined
Realizing our choices determine our outcome
Do not look at the circumstances with fear (I know – this one is really hard!)
Spend time in God’s Word and let faith arise in our heart. Faith distills fear
Choosing to hear the love song the Father is singing over us
In the darkest night, choose to join in the song the Father sings
When we think we are holding on tightly to the horns of the altar, He has actually bound us with cords of love to the altar
He holds us by His mighty right hand and will not let us go
Spring will come. No matter how dark the clouds are or how tough the circumstance, God is faithful.
Allow Him to minister to you, He wants to comfort you, to enfold you in His presence.
Truly, His Word of truth has proven to be greater, oh so much greater than gold. May you discover the joy of this truth in your own life as well.
Thankful for the gold in His Word,