Waiting for Spring
Deuteronomy 31:6 – And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
When we are in the middle of winter, it can be agonizing to wait for spring. But there is never any doubt that it will eventually come. Sooner or later, the temperature will rise. Flowers will poke their heads out of the earth. The trees will start to turn green again, and then suddenly, the world will erupt in a splash of color. Even when it’s the coldest day of winter, it is easy to have faith that spring will someday come.
But sometimes it is hard to have faith that God will bring us out of our own personal dark and cold season of life.
When you are going through a rough season, finding answers be challenging. Sometimes it may seem that God is ignoring our desperate pleas for guidance. When everything is cold, dismal, and dark, and we can’t see the path ahead of us, it can be tempting to get angry at God or question His love for us. Why would he leave us in winter when all we want is the spring? It can seem like the time of hardship is unending, and we can begin to lose faith.
But there’s good news.
Spring is on its way.
In order to find answers, we have to listen to God. We have to take the time to seek Him out and really hear what He is trying to say to us. Sometimes we need to summon up the faith to take one more step forward, and trust him in the struggle, until finally we see the doors opening before us and know where God is leading us. We know what His voice is telling us.
But what if we don’t want to do what God is calling us to do? What if God is telling us to keep on going when all we want to do is stop? These are the challenging moments where we have to make a decision. Do we trust God and follow his lead, even when it seems pointless? Or do we strike out on our own and find our own path? We know what our strengths are, and what roads we should take. That should be enough, right?
Not according to Proverbs 14:12. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Imagine Peter, a simple fisherman, down on his luck, probably very frustrated with a night of unsuccessful fishing. And Jesus tells him to cast his nets out again. He could have said no. He could have argued, pointing out that they had been trying all night with no success. But because Jesus told him to, he cast his nets out once more – and caught so many fish that the boat nearly sank! Even if we don’t understand why God is directing us to do a certain thing, obedience is always the best method.
Often there is that one thing in our lives. Paul called it a ‘thorn in the flesh’ in 2 Corinthians. Perhaps it’s that person that we’ve been trying to reach out to, trying to counsel, trying to help, but they keep rejecting us. Perhaps it’s a life circumstance that is pulling us down. It would be easy to give up. To ignore God’s prompting voice to keep at it, keep trying. If we quit now, we guarantee failure. Don’t give up! Perhaps tomorrow is the day the breakthrough will finally come.
Romans 8:28 reminds us that “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” All things. Not just the easy things. All things.
That includes the things that are difficult.
The things that we don’t understand.
The things that are painful.
For those who love God, the realization that even the hard things are a part of God’s plan can help us weather the winter. Hosea 6:3 says, “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Even in the darkest part of life, we know that God’s guidance will come… we need only listen and obey.
Even in the coldest part of winter, we know that spring will come.
Emily Boyles is a junior at Liberty University studying Psychology, counseling and human development, and an intern for the American Association of Christian Counselors. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree through Liberty University. A recent transplant to Virginia, she is enjoying living on the east coast instead of her home state of California.
Posted on: Feb. 25, 2015, 2:53 p.m.