“…where there is weakness, my power is shown more completely.”
2 Corinthians 12: 9
After a hard winter, signs of spring begin to appear. The birds and the animals sense the change—there is hope in the air. They begin to prepare for new birth by building nests and digging holes and finding shelter for their new families that are soon to arrive. This is a process that begins and ends over and over.
Seeing different flowers in the springtime of the year gives us hope that life goes on—that is good—that God re-creates over and over again. This on-going, life-giving process encourages us to pause, reflect and appreciate the explosion of beauty all around us. It tells us that the skies will not always be gray—the earth is about to explode from full brown to bright, new green.
It is hard to see the hope of new life when you are in the midst of a dark storm. But as Paul writes to the believers at Corinth, “God works in different ways;” (I Corinthians 12:6) and wrote to the Romans “we know that God causes everything to work together for good.” (8:28) But, here is the caveat, “for those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (8:28). This is God’s promise for those who believe—those who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, indeed, that he is God. (John 1:1ff)
God does not want any one of us who BELIEVE to perish. He wants to give us the greatest gift—eternal life with Him (John 3:16). His will for you is to love Him with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself (Deut. 6: & Lev. 19:18). He promises to send his angels to have charge over you (Psalm 91) and to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). These are not just words that we have pulled from the word of God and written them in an order of a meditation! They are words of hope, just like the Forsythia that springs forth after a cold, dark winter.
Sometimes allowing us to go through the storm is the only way that God can get our attention. Just as Jesus told the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, God is telling you, “Wake up! Can’t you stay focused for an hour? Talk to your Father, He is your helper and your salvation” (paraphrased Matthew 26:40-45). When you are in trouble and your knees are knocking, fall on them. Just as the Forsythias bloom in the springtime so too will your darkness fade and the sun shall shine through. Your hope is built on nothing less that Jesus’ blood and righteousness. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13)
Dear Lord, help me to be anxious for nothing, but in all things recognize you are at work in me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
“The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. I Peter 5:10 NIV
Philippians 2:13 Romans 8:28 I Corinthians 12:6 Hebrews 13:12