“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the Earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song of Songs 2:11-13
It’s spring time! Many people’s favorite time of the year, as we transition out of the cold, gloomy winter months into sun, flowers and birds chirping. However, it is a season of preparation; preparation for the beauty of summer. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing the snow from winter to melt away. It is the season of rain, which prepares the flowers for their grand entrance and nourishes the ground for the hot months ahead. Spring is considered a time of renewal, rebirth and re-growth. It is considered the start for better times.
Sometimes we are in periods of preparation within our lives. We’re not necessarily in a storm but we are not where we want to be. We have not reached the blessing we’ve been praying for and God is telling us to wait. He is preparing us for what’s to come. We know that the Bible tells us, “Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord” and “He will withhold no good thing from those that love the Lord” but that good thing has not arrived yet.
Be patient in your time of spring, allow God to prepare you for His blessings. Springtime is a time of rebirth and renewal after the rough winter. Let those things melt away that caused you suffering during your winter months. You’ll never be able to move forward if you still hold on to the disappointments of your past. Be reminded that something greater is due to bloom. Spring is mixed with bouts of sunshine and rain. Rejoice in both. The sunshine is a reminder that God hears you and will answer your prayer. Allow the rains of life to nourish you so that your character can bloom. Don’t be discouraged. Summer is around the bend. In the meantime, don’t be too anxious for summer that you miss the beauty of spring; God’s careful attention to grooming you, cutting away the weeds, fertilizing your soil, watering your spirit, re-potting you and moving you to a place of more sunshine so that you can grow as full as he ordained. Rejoice in the tedious process for summer is coming!