It is now officially Spring! Flowers have gradually begun to bloom, birds are singing with a renewed fervor and all manner of critters in my corner of the world are rejoicing.
The activity of the three Bs (birds, bees and butterflies) finally caught up with the calendar. This week I was fortunate to enjoy their presence and their signal of a new season.
Yet, unlike the seasons on the calendar, our personal seasons are unpredictable. They can arrive at any time.
A harsh winter often catches us unaware. It may arrive in the midst of the seasonal sun. Or, we may reap a bountiful harvest when there are few signs of life and the frozen sky still stands gray.
I’ve decided to mentally “spring forward” even though my plans (ha ha!) have yet to catch up with me. I’ve been waiting for a few changes all the while I suppose God is waiting for me to mature enough to handle them. Our seasons of bounty and new fruit eventually follow the long seasons of preparation and patience.
While we may think we’re ready for (fill in your personal blank) God may be waiting for us to get a little stronger, possibly a bit wiser or even gain experience so we can conquer the challenges that inevitably accompany our blessings.
And there will be challenges.
We often pray for a new this or that, yet rarely do we expect or prepare for the burden that comes with the blessing.
When God answers our prayers we often receive more than we asked for. It isn’t always a “good thing” but it may be necessary.
With that promotion may come huge responsibilities.
New house!? New mortgage.
Sometimes our answered prayers may even come with unanswered questions!
Often that little bit of “extra” keeps us grounded and humble.
It may very well be that our something “extra” allows us to keep our spiritual eyes on our Savior instead of recklessly worshiping the very “thing” God blessed us with!
So, as I wait (patiently) for a few positive changes, I am thankful for what I do have and look forward with faith that my spring will come. It may not follow the dictates of a calendar but I’ve learned God’s timing is always perfect.
I trust that when my personal spring does arrive, I am mature and wise enough to manage my harvest as God would have me to.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV