Written by Toni Shiloh
Edited by Tara Sanders
There’s a beauty in the spring season that I always look forward to as I watch trees sprouting greenery and colorful flowers blooming. As I walk in creation, listening to the birds chirp as if they’re welcoming me into a brand new day, I’m thankful for the opportunity God has given me to see His creation and the beauty of the changing seasons. From winter to spring, there’s a beauty that’s indescribable and a reminder of God’s truth that beckons me to recognize His ways.
Our faith life can mimic nature in many ways. In a winter season of faith, we can be beaten down by the cold and the death of things we longed for. A barrage of storms can bend us and tear us down like trees, but it is not our end. God promises to do something new in our life, just as the newness of spring greets us.
I’m patiently waiting to leave a season of sickness. In the past month I’ve dealt with surgery, my youngest child being admitted to hospital with pneumonia, and my husband and other son having to deal with the common cold that’s prevalent in the winter season. None of these came with a break in between but slammed up against one another.
Still, I hold onto God’s promise:
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
~ Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
I’ve learned that hard times are not meant to last. Death to dreams does not mean nothing better will ever come. We need a season to grieve and a season to mourn, but we should also embrace the season to rejoice and to embrace the newness God is offering us. While I haven’t left this “old” season, I look forward to the new things that God has in store for me as I turn the next corner.
So this spring season, as you walk in His creation, seek His glory. Seek the new He has for you and embrace the fresh air of a new season.
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