Spring has arrived with conditions more befitting autumn. If you were looking forward to the promise of new life, new buds on the trees and warmer weather you may be justifiably disappointed and shelved your plans for a Spring braai over the weekend.
Instead of planning the menu, you’re looking at the TV menu and wondering what series to binge-watch. Your head will be in the sand for a few days and when you surface again there might just be the signs of spring that you expected today.
Life is so often like that. There’s promise in the air. You wait expectantly to see positive change. You tell your friends and family how excited you are about the new things on the horizon.
Instead…. Its cold air,
its windy air,
and the promise is a miserable one.
What we don’t always realise in times like this, is what’s actually going on behind the scenes, or under the ground, or inside the plants.
The roots are still growing, they’re getting ready to burst through the ground at just the right time. The stems of the plants are still bulging with new life coursing towards the goal of pushing out those buds - when they’re ready. The grass is just below the surface, knowing that any day now, you’ll be marvelling at how green it is, how fresh and lush and beautiful.
The preparation for spring still goes on, regardless of how things appear on the surface.
Yes, its cold,
Yes, its windy,
And YES, there’s still promise.
The promise I see is the one that God gives us in Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
So we have to wait for spring to show itself in all its newness and when spring is ready that’s exactly what will happen.
Meanwhile - we get impatient.
Waiting is not something we do easily. We even get impatient waiting for the traffic light to change because we’re late for work. We get impatient because the waitron is taking too long to bring the food we’ve been craving since before lockdown. We question our faith because we’ve been waiting so long for the new job, the business opportunity, the new house.
I can’t help thinking about the reasons God may want us to wait for a new season and what God does while we wait, and while we're ignoring that fruit of the Spirit called patience.
God’s timing is perfect and God knows how much work still needs to be done behind the scenes. Sometimes God wants us to wait because we still need to get ready for what’s coming our way. Sometimes God wants us to wait because something better is being planned. And sometimes God wants us to wait so we can just get over whatever it is we're waiting for!
Although the waiting can be hard to bear, we can gain some encouragement from Romans 8:28 where God promises us ‘ .... all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose’.
God has made lots of promises. Not only does He make them, but He also keeps them.
So while you wait remember this;
- Your roots are still growing, they’re getting ready to burst through the ground at just the right time.
- The stems of your potential are still bulging with new life, coursing towards the goal of pushing out buds - when you’re ready.
- Your lush grass is just below the surface, knowing that any day now, you’ll be marvelling at how green it is, how fresh and lush and beautiful.
And then also remember another beautiful promise
‘ …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ Isaiah 40: 31