It is (almost) my favorite time of the year: spring! Only a few more days of cold to survive, and spring will officially be here to stay (I hope)! Especially after this long, cold, tundra-like winter, I am pumped for spring. There is just something about spring. The flowers blooming, the birds chirping, the sun shining; there is just so much change. The dead is brought back to life and everything seems so balanced and good again. I don’t know about anyone else, but once spring comes, I cannot help but be happy and so joyful! The depressing, seemingly endless cold has gone. No more dreariness, no more dullness, no more runny noses and red cheeks, and no more layers of leggings underneath pants and multiple socks inside boots. Spring brings a new beginning, new opportunities, and new experiences.
I know for me, personally, this change is so refreshing. Sometimes in life we need a little change of pace, something a little new in the routine. These little changes renew us and give us a whole new attitude and sense of motivation and determination. Spring comes at the middle of my school semester and gives me this new, happier attitude to get things done and push through to the end of the semester. It renews me and brings my laziness and dullness to life, energizing me and putting a little pep in my step.
Don’t we all wish we could have this renewal year-round!? Good news. We can. God provides for us this renewal anytime we want, we just have to ask for it. Everyone goes through plateaus or valleys in their spiritual life. In those times, we need some renewal, some new life, a little pep in our step. God has already brought our dead selves to life, just as the spring does for all the flowers, but now we have to continuously grow, bloom, and bear fruit. This is no easy job. There are days with no sunshine. There are days with too much sunshine, and not enough rain. We get stuck, dull, and weary, without bloom. We feel defeated and need something, anything.
This is where God comes in. He has the power to be the spring to our winter. If we want that help, we simply have to ask. It is always hard asking for help in areas of difficulty, I mean no one likes to admit their faults. But, it happens to everyone. God is more than happy to help us! He will bless us abundantly to help us grow closer to him and bloom into the flowers we want to be. He will take away the cold, the wind, the darkness, and bring us sunshine, spring showers, and a cool breeze. If we put trust in God that He will bless us with these things, we need not have any doubt or worry, because we will grow and bear fruit.
My favorite part of this whole idea is the fact that we can see it firsthand. As I look outside right now, I know the cold is out there waiting for me and my multiple layers of clothing, but I also know that the forecast calls for some spring weather in a few days. I am so looking forward to those days, and I am so grateful to see such a great example of what God can do in our own lives! He has the power to push out the winter, and bring in the spring, not only outside, but in our hearts also.