“Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6).
Here on the east coast this has been one of the hardest and longest winters we have had in a while. My contact with friends and other believers has been greatly limited because of bad weather. I am tired of seeing only brown and white, tired of being cold and hurting, and ready for the warmth and colors of spring.
As I drove through town recently I noticed the welcome sight of spring revival–flowers beginning to bloom. I literally felt like crying! God revived my spirit with the hope that this long winter will end and spring is coming.
Chronic pain may seem like an unending winter, yet God is faithful to bring moments of revival even in the most difficult times. It may be through encouragement from a friend, reading an article or Scripture passage, a reprieve from suffering, or one small flower in an otherwise bleak place.
His means of revival come in various forms, but they are there if I look for them.
When something is revived, it is given new health, vigor and spirit. It may also be returned to effectiveness. How many times have I felt like giving up or shutting down, totally incapable of maintaining my own faith in God, much less being an effective testimony to others? Yet God has faithfully and continually revived me with fresh hope, perseverance, and the ability to serve Him.
The flowers I saw that day were covered in snow the next day, but I knew it wouldn’t last. Spring revival is coming. And in the same way, God will revive me in the midst of my most barren and hopeless times, and will continue to do so until there are no more winters. So I will look for that one small flower in the bleakness, and rejoice.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your Word says that You live within me, reviving my heart and spirit (Isaiah 57:15). Thank you for faithfulness to do so, and make me ever more aware of Your spring revivals through my winters of pain and suffering. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com
Are you aware of the ways God revives you when you are going through difficult times? Take a moment to thank and praise Him for these, and keep your eyes, heart, and mind open to how He revives you today.
This is Audrey Assad singing “Slow.” She has a beautiful voice and draws you in with the personal lyrics of her music. I think you will be touched by this song as she shares how sometimes knowing God is more if an ember and less of a fire. I hope you are touched by it. -Lisa