“We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.” ~ Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of snow and -30 degree weather. I’m ready for spring! I’m ready for sunshine, new life, and green things! Isn’t it interesting how the seasonal shifts often reflect the longings in our own hearts? Maybe you long for healing or reconciliation, maybe it’s to see God move in vibrant ways in your ministry, or maybe you desire new life in a certain relationship. Whatever it is, waiting for things to change is tough, and placing hope in God for it can be even more challenging.
As the temperatures begin to rise and new life stirs underground, what goes on in your heart as you wait and anticipate the coming of this metaphorical spring in your life or ministry? Do you feel apprehensive to let yourself hope again? Do you fear the change that new life may bring? Would you rather retreat into a warm blanket, seeking the comfort of seasons past?
I believe the LORD wants to teach us new ways to receive from Him as we wait for the seasons to shift. I believe He really does come with a peace that surpasses all understanding, and a hope that outlasts this lifetime and it’s circumstances. But are we willing to take the risk in asking? I wonder what He might reveal to you if you asked what He has for you to receive as you wait?
Donna Mitchell – National Director