Saturday, April 2, 2005

Genesis 8:22 – As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night. (NLT)

The trees were still barren from their winter dormancy. Leaves that had drifted down in the fall were scattered across the lawn. Some had embedded themselves between rocks and logs that encircled flower beds.

Then one morning, we looked out the window to see a dusting of colour beginning to surface. Spring crocuses were poking their purple brilliance through the leftover winter leaves and grass.

How could this be? Just the week before, no signs of life could be seen in the places where these flowers were now exhibiting themselves so beautifully.

Then I remembered that God said that "as long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, and winter and summer". Here I was experiencing that biblical principle in full colour from the colourful crocuses.

Sometimes amid the ups and downs of daily living, we find ourselves in the very depths of a barren winter season. We think joy and happiness have eluded us forever.

Yet the same God who promised the return of an earthly spring will do the same spiritually for you and me. Let us cry out to Him from the depths of our hearts, as we claim His promises written in His holy Word. He hears and answers our prayers. He may answer in a different way than we ever expected, but it will be good and right.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are faithful and that You are able to turn the winter of our lives into beautiful spring. Amen.

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Melva Cooper
Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

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