There are natural seasons and cycles, and I also believe there are seasons to our lives.
After a prolonged period of what has felt like the longest ‘winter’, our family finds a new season approaching. It’s something we’ve felt in the last few weeks, as the winds of change blow into our family.
As I’ve contemplated our ‘word’ for this coming year over the last week, quite independent of one another my husband and I both had exactly the same word: Spring.
Here’s what ‘Spring’ means for us:
- New life
- Renewed vision
- Restoration of hope
Spring is a time of warmth, and of buds and blossoms giving the promise of fruit within their beauty. It’s a time of growth and a bustle of activity within nature – but in the midst of all the activity, there’s no striving or stress. No-one tells the bees to collect pollen or the grass to grow.
For us, this means that we are going to enjoy the journey, and God’s promises unfolding in our lives without striving to obtain something that is already freely given. If we find ourselves striving or stressing, then we’ve left the place of peace and it’s up to us to return and remain in His abiding presence.
A good friend of ours passed this onto us a couple of weeks ago, and it seems fitting to include it here.
Song of Solomon 2
My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
A beautiful invitation to join with the One who delights in us.
Friends, I pray that your eyes will be enlightened to know the hope to which you are called*, and that you will see something on the horizon that will ignite hope in your heart.
Do you have a word for 2014?