We haven’t seen green grass around here for some time. It snowed, got cold and snowed some more. Temperatures haven’t been above freezing for some time and the rich green grass continues to elude us.
How I long to see the vibrant purples, yellows and clean crisp whites of the Crocus, those first beautiful flowers of spring, peeking up through the ground. I want to smell the heady aroma of the Hyacinth as I walk out my front door. I want winter to be over and spring to show its beautiful self.
Right now though it looks as if we are in for more wintry weather. At least for a little while. It seems like the longest winter I can recall we’ve had for awhile.
Sometimes this life we live can seem like the longest winter as well. Life has its seasons of ups and downs. Of “Easier” and “Hard”. I say “easier” because I’m not sure that any part of this life is “easy”. These seasons are to be expected and many times we keep our heads up and our eyes on spring. But, when those “hards” seem to come one right after the other, or even pile up on one another, we may see it as the longest winter we’ve ever experienced. One possibly longer than we can bear.
I find that when I live to the best of my ability according to Philippians 4:8 it is a lot easier to hand the pressures and “hard” of this life. Focusing on the true, pure, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy helps bring the joy into the “hard”.
Thankfully, our life in Christ promises that even though “this” life may seem like the longest winter, we will experience spring in eternity.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Doesn’t that sound soooo much better than spring? What is your “hard”? Do you have your eyes on Christ and the eternal “spring” that he has promised those who walk with him? Isn’t it easier to weather the longest winter, the hard when we have our eyes on the savior and his promises?