"Into every life a little rain must fall" is a cliche we've heard since childhood. The spring rains are here, but they are a reminder that spring has come.
The cold, dark days of winter are now over; and the trees are budding, the birds are singing, and yes, it is raining. But the thing about rain is that with it comes a promise: Newness of life. We are now seeing the full emergence of spring and we are giving a huge sigh of relief, that in fact spring has come.
Life's a lot like the seasons. We have difficult and cold days where there's little light or signs of life. Many times throughout our lives, we feel as we did this past winter - that it is never going to end. For it seems to continue on and on with storm after storm chasing us to retreat and we strive to find comfort in front of a warm fire. Life's like that, you know. Storms come and winds howl. We sigh and feel as if it will all never end. But, then comes the spring. Just as winter changes to spring, the wintertime in our life will turn to spring ... the trial will cease for a season, and joy comes in the morning of the springtime.
Two months ago when we were experiencing snowstorms one after another, I happened to look out my bedroom window and there was a short break in the snowfall, but the ground and trees were blanketed in white. All of the sudden, my eyes fell upon the tree in between my bedroom and the driveway. I blinked. "This could not be," I mused. Robins? There were robins in the tree, and not just a few. I began to count them. When I counted to about 50, they would flutter a bit, and I'd start all over. Then, I knelt down to get a better look and there sat a bright red cardinal on the very top of the tree as if he were adorning my "spring tree" as the " topper." It was a sight to behold. There amongst the stark winter sky and beautiful white fluffy snow covered limbs was my reminder that spring is coming.
The birds tarried for an hour or so before moving on. I sat mesmerized shaking my head. I mean, seeing one robin this time of year is exciting, but to see 50 to 70 robins in one tree and a cardinal reigning at the tip top was mind boggling. But, it was a reminder, spring is coming. Newness of life will be here soon. Help is on the way.
I don't know about you, but while the storms of life are raging at times it feels as if they will never end, and that winter will go on forever. But, then comes spring. Spring is that break in trial, the newness of life and many times: a new thing, a renewed hope that brings refreshment to our souls. Proverbs 13:12 reads: "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life."
Oft times we focus on the "hope deferred" part of that verse, but we need to remember the "when the desire cometh" part as well. Remembering that our trials are a chapter in our lives and not the entire book brings hope. Trials come to an end just as winter changes to spring. Leaving the key to the seasons in God's hands is the way to unlocking the peace within our hearts. Then Comes the Spring ... .
(Kimberly Short-Wolfe, MA, is a homeschool mom and a counselor and licensed chaplain with Cornerstone Christian Counseling. Contact Kim at: 304-637-7018 or 304-940-9362. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)