I live in the Sunshine State, folks. But based on this winter, I think we Floridians need to recall that state motto! Now I know you who live in the frozen tundra of the northern United States will laugh me right off this webpage, but it’s been COLD here! Temperatures in the teens at night and snow flurry sightings are not what most people think of as Florida weather! I was born, raised and lived the majority of my life in the northeastern U.S., so I can take the cold. But when one lives in Florida, one expects…well, something different.
To be fair, we live in “the panhandle,” which is affectionately referred to as “lower Alabama,” by the locals. But still, you might expect more from the state. Somehow, there’s just something wrong with seeing palm trees and cacti against dead, brown grass and grey, gloomy skies. Gorgeous, white sand beaches are just 30 minutes away, but it’s too cold to be on them. My husband keeps coming to me with the supposed fatality list of our plants. Who knows what will emerge next Spring? This Winter makes me wonder…
All this deadness and dark weather points to something much weightier, as you can guess.
This earthly life can feel like Winter, so often. Do you grow tired and weary of running the race? Do you long for the Winter in your Soul to transform to Spring? Yes, Heaven awaits. It’s there, just as sure as Spring. But not yet. We don’t need to be short-sighted, though. Jesus, the One who makes all things new in us, is alive and well, remaking us even now, when all may seem dead and lifeless. It can be Spring in our Souls in the midst of a Life of Winter. As we look to Him, meditate on His promises, cast our cares on Him, and seek His Kingdom, He transforms us.
Perhaps this is why Spring is so beautiful to us. It represents the remaking of our souls; from death to life. But there’s no need to wait for the calendar to change, we can know this life right now. If you’ve ever read C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, or seen the screen adaptations, you can picture this more vividly. Winter has filled the land with it’s frozen, dead curse…for hundreds of years. But as Aslan (who represents Jesus) approaches, the ground begins to thaw, the rivers bubble up and run freely, and the trees awaken and begin to sprout leaves! Spring!
The One who “dwells in unapproachable light” (I Tim. 6:16) is the One who we can have fellowship with right now, today.
This is my prayer for us, dear ones. Today, I pray that we will meet with Jesus. Let’s ask Him to bring Spring into the Winter of our Souls. If it’s been a cold, dark season for you, go to Him. If it’s been a joyful, life-filled season for you, rejoice and thank Him! Let’s not wait ’til Spring to know the reality of renewal in our hearts.