SPRING—I have always thought of the Spring season as a time of freshness, a renewal; a time to look forward and to have hope for what is ahead. Everywhere around there are trees budding and flowers blooming. Neighbors are outside working in the yard or taking walks and it is a good time to rene those friendships. Our Christian life needs a time of renewal also, to let go of the past and to “Press on towards the goal to win the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” as Paul tells us in Philippians 3:14. Paul also tells us “we are hard-pressed on every side, struck down but not destroyed” (II Corinthian 4:8), but we know that God does send the refreshing rain and from that comes new growth. This is the “preparing soil and planting season” for those in our area. We have most likely had our last frost, and it is safe to plant seeds in our gardens and fields. It is amazing how God has created the seasons and each season brings its own blessings. As Ecclesiastes 3 tells us: "there is a time to reap and a time to sow, a time to plant and a time to gather”. Take time to take notice of the things you need to move on from, clearing out the dead plants, leaves and twigs in your own “Soil”, then as you need nourishment—seek refreshing water (Holy Spirit), and food (the Word of God). We also need the sun (Son of God) and fellowship (Other Christians); these will bring new growth in you and sustain you. Encourage others during this time as we look forward to being replenished from our Creator and Redeemer.
"To plant a Garden is to believe in tomorrow” Audrey Hepburn