Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Blooms

Oh, how I love the promise of Spring!  It is hard for me to say which season is my favorite, because each one brings its own beauty.  And each season is a reminder to me of Jesus and His love for mankind.  In the Summer, we bask in His love as He lavishes us in beauty and warmth.  In the Autumn, as the leaves turn crimson and fall, I am reminded of the blood He shed on the cross.  The bleakness of Winter brings to mind the three days when Jesus was dead and hope seemed lost.  But in the Spring... Oh in the Spring, that which was dead returns to life, just like my beloved Savior!!

There is something fascinating about watching the perennials come back to life each year.  A week ago, the bush outside my window looked lifeless and bare.  Today, it sprouts leaves, and soon buds will appear.  Everywhere I look, things that were brown just a few days ago have turned green.  Trees have flowers and leaves.  Tiny leaves are pushing their way through the dirt towards the sun.  Flowers are beginning to bloom.  Life is returning, bringing color and beauty with it.

In the same way, our lives go through seasons.  Ecclesiastes 3 lists many things that have a time and place in our lives, only to move to something new.
1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
   And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
   And a time to heal;
A time to  break down,
   And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
   And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
   And a time to dance;
5. A time to cast away stones,
   And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
   And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
   And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
   And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
   And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
   And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
   And a time to hate;
A time of war,
   And a time of peace.
 Our lives come and go in seasons.  This is a natural part of living and breathing and moving through our world.  God designed us with seasons in mind.

I have been in a season full of grieving,  self-reflection, remembering, mourning, and sadness.  A chain of events outside of my control sent my world into a tailspin.  I questioned everything about who I am, who God is, and where I fit into this world.  It has been painful, difficult, and lonely.  I have been stuck in Winter for a few years now.  But Spring is coming!!


As I have begun to open my heart to God and to the people He is placing around me, I can feel myself blooming.  My leaves are uncurling and turning toward the Son.  I'm returning to life and growing.  And just like the bush outside my window, what once looked like dead sticks in the ground are now beginning to speak of life, resurrection, joy, color, and love once again!

Spring is coming!!!

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This post is part of #livefreeThursday with the wonderful women over at Suzie Eller's blog, tsuzanneeller.com.  Check out the links there for more encouragement.

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2 comments:

  1. How true this is ... Our lives certainly make their ways through the cycle of seasons ... Again and again. How beautiful to know that the Lord is with us each step of the way ... Weather (oops! But hee hee!) the bleakness of winter, or the promise and anticipation of spring. Praying for you, Tammy, as you burst forth into the "new things" God has in store for you!! May your blossoms refresh many!!

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  2. I love your profile pic showing up on my #livefreeThursday post. It makes me happy every time. Thanks for being a part of this community.

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