Stepping Toward Spring

“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. ” (Hosea 6:3 NIV)

When the calendar indicates spring’s arrival is near, I rejoice. I am ready for the new life that appears in various parts of God’s creation. I am ready for a renewal in my body and in my hopes. I am ready for a stream of sunshine to soak into my being. Everything seems new in spring: the sunshine beaming off blooming flowers, smiles on peoples’ faces rather than frozen faces enduring winter’s harsher elements.

This causes me to wonder if there are seasons with our chronic pain and illnesses? For some of us it may look as though we are in one long winter season. Then a new treatment may loom and it seems a bit like spring, a possible refreshment of hopes, a bloom of some relief. I believe we all can relate to such seasons.

The Scripture above has expanded meaning in the ESV translation. “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord: his going forth is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

This sheds some light for me as I await the balm of a spring. I press on to know the Lord and His going forth. Knowing someone is different than acknowledging them. “Knowing” means I have spent time with them and my experience is deeper.

God wants me to know Him, to see His dawn, to press on and refuse to dwell in my pain. He goes forward watering the way. As He leads me through the winter, spring shines just ahead. He wants my eyes on Him so I won’t miss the glow of the dawn.

Lord, thank You that Your spring rains can bloom up my crumpled emotions and parched soul. As You help me press on to follow You and to know You, glimpses of the dawn come closer. Spring truly becomes a reason to rejoice. AMEN

Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She is single and lives alone in Lynnwood, WA. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.