I love spring. It’s my favorite time of the year. There’s so much life and regrowth. I live on a street that is scattered with wildflowers. Blue bonnets, baby’s breath, verbenas, rain lilies, and various other beautiful flowers have sprouted up next to the sidewalks I pass every day.

I’m reminded of winter when my morning walks lacked these flowers’ beauty, or of dry summers that withered them away. There’s a loss of life there that leads me to a point of dejection. When I look at what the rain has brought us this spring, I’m filled with joy, but I know my appreciation for the life around me is made greater because I can remember the time without these little beauties.

Lately God has shown me this parallel to life. We’ve all gone through seasons of life that seem void of beauty. We walk through hardship, a dry bones desert, and we can’t seem to find the joy that the hard times shriveled up. In the face of this emptiness, we must hold on to God’s promise that spring will come. Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us that God makes all things beautiful in its time.

His timing doesn’t always make sense to us, but we have to trust he knows what he’s doing. Flowers need to go through a process of regrowth every year in order to thrive and spread. Conditions have to be just right for a flower to grow; they need the right amount of rain and sunlight, and they need to be planted in good soil. They grow at their own pace and blossom when they’re ready.

God has been conditioning you for such a time as this. If you’ve been dormant, far from God, or filled with anxiety for your current situation, cling to the Lord’s promises. He is the keeper of your heart and He can make all things beautiful. Sometimes the time of waiting or hardship is simply God cultivating the conditions for your new growth. Don’t grow weary of the process, for without the growth process, we wouldn’t have beautiful things.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

God has good things in store for your life. He will not leave you. He will not keep you in your harsh winter or dry summer drought any longer than He needs to. He will carry you through to spring and will fill your life with more beauty than you could ever imagine.

By: Rebekah Bryan

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Eikon Church