It seems as if the winter is endless this year. Spring is so very slow to arrive here in the upper Midwest. My crocuses -- that's a picture of them above, on one of our rare sunny days -- are one of the few signs of new life I've seen. It can be hard to feel hopeful when the rains keep coming and the cold winds continue to blow.
Have you ever been in a winter of your life; a time when new life or growth feels so far from the depths of sorrow or darkness that you are living? These are times when hope is so hard to find.
But nothing stays the same forever. Everything always changes. We see this clearly in Nature, whose cycle of life continues and repeats season after season. Though this season seems endless, we know from experience that soon it will change and new life will begin.
We can count on that -- bank on it. Change is coming, and if we watch for signs of its progress, we will see them. Even the smallest new growth will give us hope that tomorrow may be different.
God provides -- Everything we need. When hope seems futile, rest in the truth that God is with you and you are not walking this path alone. Believe in the possibilities for change that exist in every circumstance. And put your Hope in the One that never falters or disappoints.
You can believe in the promise that spring will come, and the sun will shine on your face again. Rest in the assurance that change is a constant in our lives. It is a promise that new life and hope will again brighten your outlook. A surely as the seasons change.
You make springs pour water into the ravines,
so streams gush down from the mountains.
They provide water for all the animals,
and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds nest beside the streams
and sing among the branches of the trees.
You send rain on the mountains from your heavenly home,
and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor.
You cause grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for people to use.
You allow them to produce food from the earth --
Psalm 104:10-14 (NLT)
Today I'm sharing Audrey Assad's song "Even the Winter"
A song of hope and persistence
And belief that change will come
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