I am not sure what might be taking place in your own “neck of woods,” but here in South-central Pennsylvania, spring is tarrying. Just as the buds start forming, and the perennials begin to show signs of blooming, the weather shifts back to winter once again.
We are trying our best to “hang in there.” 🙂
And yet, there is a lesson in this, just as there are nearly always lessons in every life experience. When a lingering winter and a tarrying spring are holding us in limbo, we are given a time to wait, reflect, and search for deeper purpose and meaning. When we embrace this opportunity, we are like the buds and bulbs waiting to spring into New Life.
Hence, as we (patiently?) wait, let us consider a few topics for contemplation:
What have I experienced this past winter? What has been hibernating within me, and what has needed to “die” from my old life?
Have I gotten “too comfortable” with any area in or aspect of my life that may need to change?
What do I truly desire for my life moving forward? How might I best experience renewal?
What will I do with this New Life that I am about to receive?
You see, “the best way to start over is to begin again.” Whatever the past, the seasons are always revolving, new opportunities constantly germinating. If we weed and water them, they will surely grow and prosper. It is a law of nature.
Winter closes one chapter, spring opens another. Summer and fall are the journeys we take between. This cycle flows all the days of our lives.
I pray that we might embrace the opportunity to wait, to anticipate, to dream, and to plan as spring lies on the horizon. Let us rest within the cocoon and shell that has protected and nurtured us for just a little while longer. However, know that if we stay in the cocoon or shell longer than we are intended, we cannot thrive. We may experience bondage, and our growth could be stagnated.
The goal is to breakthrough and leave the old cocoons, shells, and nests behind as we press forward in search of every new experience and opportunity that lies ahead. The eaglet and the new butterfly are compelled to fly. The human must survive and thrive.
I myself am joining you in this process, and many amazing new developments are underway even as I write to you today. Stay tuned.
In closing, I wish each and every one of you a very blessed spring season, and my prayer is that we might all do our very best to honor God’s “gift that keeps on giving:” the gift of New Life.