Spring break is over. Dad has gone back to work, all the kids back to school and I am here in my daily spot, trying to blog something inspirational. It’s back to everyday life…well,…except for the flowers!
I love flowers! Grape hyacinths are coming up throughout the yard, yellow jessamine is taking over the fence, and purple thrift is electrifying the curb appeal. I see the promise of day lillies, black-eyed susans and lantana springing forth from the earth. I don’t mow the parking strip on one side because of the buttercups (wild primroses) that have taken over – May all your weeds be wildflowers!!
Spring is the perfect time for Easter – resurrection from the dead (sorry for my one Aussie reader). Each new bud and blossom causes my heart to rejoice. The promise of new life from the dead! For those of us in the southern part of the Northern hemishphere, what an added blessing to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection each Spring.
I’ve needed that promise this year, the promise that God will make all things new. He has broken the bonds of death and we are to have New Life today. Through Christ we have this promise fulfilled and I need to meditate upon this truth. I’m stuck these days in the earthly tent that moans for its heavenly home, and that place will be unimaginable, but I need to know He will meet me…in my need…now. We all need to know this.
If you’ve had a season like mine, a wintry season that has lasted longer than three months, then you must be anticipating Spring in your heart as well. I see the flowers and am reminded that Spring does come, that mourning can be turned into dancing, that God is doing a remarkable work of restoration. He wounds and He heals…
“Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition…Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there…” -Charles Spurgeon
Did you catch that quote? You may need to read it again…”Unerring wisdom ordained your lot…” I can rest in God’s sovereignty. He knows what season of life I am in; He put me here. I will remember Jesus’ words when He stood in the synagogue to declare His ministry:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
The power of the resurrection – my chains fell off! I am free in Christ – I am no longer a captive – let the restoration begin!
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
I understand the eschatological vision of those words. But I also understand the work He is doing NOW – in all who have proclaimed, “He is Lord!”
He is turning ashes into beauty.
He is annointing my head with the oil of gladness.
He is covering me with a garment of praise.
He is planting me in this place to display His splendor!
I think I’ll go wander through the yard and check out the flowers again…