After what seems to have been a longer than normal winter, no one is more thankful to see signs of summer than I! Every morning the hedges in our yard are greener and fuller. A beautiful miracle of hope, erupting from what looks like dry, dead branches. In spite of appearances, I can see that something has been…is happening… in the center, core of those bushes. Something not dependent on man but on our good and faithful God.
The cold, snow, and even loss of the season behind us had its part in bringing life, whether we can see it or not. When sight gives a discouraging report, know that pressing in with prayer, by faith, gives spiritual balance. Turning the tables, making personal struggle an ally, taking us beyond our own estimation of things. Winters come and go, often seeming to linger, but God’s amazing promises never fail us! Because they are always alive, well, and true. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
God, the Father, is the source of all life. He is all we need to grow and bear fruit. He is not turned away by the rebuffs we offer, when we are angry and suffering or dissuaded by circumstances or appearances. Instead, our struggle draws Him nearer and nearer to us. So that we, might have peace and victory. When the branches of life look dead, choose to wait and believe that ‘something good’ and eternal is happening. In the midst of bleak, wintry times, see yourself standing strong. Dead looking branches are not the measure of life’s potential. God is! He desires to be at the center and involved in every moment of our days. He is simply waiting to be asked. “So, I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11: 9
Deacon Nan Joyce serves Christ Church Anglican. Insights is written by members of the Butte Ministerial Association.