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Is It Spring Yet? Change is Coming

Spring is in the air.  At least that's what they say.  To be honest, as I look outside MY window, what I see is SNOW in the air!  But Spring is definitely on my calendar.  Yep, there it is, written in big stylized letters: Spring Begins.  Those two words mean that the blanket of frigid fluffy white surrounding my home will soon be replaced by a carpet of fragrant pastel petals.  The arctic winds rattling my windows will soon settle into refreshing breezes ruffling my hair.  And the lonely skin-and-bones oak tree standing guard in my backyard will soon be draped in a robe of intricate living colour. Are you beginning to feel it?  It's coming.  You can count on it.

It's the time of year that I can just imagine God, with delicate strokes of His majestic paintbrush, adorning colour-starved landscapes with heavenly hues. You've seen it, haven't you?  Primrose red.  Daffodil yellow.  Forget-me-not blue.  The Creator literally lavishing us with His creativity.  Makes you wish that every day could be lived in Springtime, that the calendar would never turn.  But we know that sadly, like many things in life, the colour doesn't stay.  The winds once again turn cold and all too soon the freshness of Spring shrivels into the looming decay of Autumn.  But isn't that what life is all about?   Doesn't everything in our lives fall prey to change?  Children grow.  Parents die.  Bodies age.  Like the windswept leaves on a blustery Fall day, our world is full of change. 

But that presents a problem.  I don't know about you, but I need stability.  Well, actually, I do know about you- we all need stability.  As human beings, we have an undeniable longing to depend on something that will never change.  Something we can count on. There has to be some anchor of safety from which we can brave life's storms.  Someone who stands the test of time, even as time marches on.  And the good news is ... there is! Just look at this promise from the book of Hebrews:

For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down.   ~ Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible)

Wow.  I think God is trying to tell us something.  Read over that verse again.  Go ahead, I'll wait. =) God said it:  I will not leave you.  And just in case we need it said in a different way:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   ~ Hebrews 13:8

Jesus is God the Son.  He is stable.  He is unchanging.  He's not going anywhere and He wants to be your life's Anchor. Take it from someone who has weathered a storm or two in her day.  When it comes to stability in the midst of chaos, there is no one like Jesus.  No one. 

Okay- I know what you're thinking.  You're wondering, what if my life contains no major storms just the gentle passing of the seasons and the occasional manageable  gusting wind.  Do I still have the need to be connected to the never-changing One, Almighty God?  You know what I'm going to say. Of course you do.

For although it may not happen tomorrow, we know that the paralysing death of Winter is coming.  The final season is near.  And while that knowledge in itself may cause some people to finally do much-needed business with God, I can't help but grieve over all the beauty they've missed.  The fragrance.  The colour.  For in coming to God through the Cross of Jesus, we are actually starting the seasons all over again.  The fresh new life of Spring.  The wild unhindered growth of Summer.  The beauty of life's ebb in Autumn.  And finally the blanket of God's eternal Presence in Winter.

As the snow melts outside my window, I'm reminded that Spring will eventually come.  And along with the pictures on my calendar, so will the seasons dramatically change.  But the one truth I hang onto through it all is that the Creator of those seasons will not.  He guarantees it.  And that, more than anything else, is definitely something we can count on.

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