This Is Spring

?? : Tulips & Snow (3)

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

The snow is receding,
The grass now is showing,
The puddles are rippling,
The breezes are blowing.
The warm sun is glowing,
There are birds on the wing.
Bright flowers are growing;
They all cry, “It’s spring!”
But wait! What is happ’ning?
Cold winds, and snow falling–
The change is appalling–
It’s winter again!

I wrote those lines two years ago, when an unwelcome three-day blizzard hit the prairies of Saskatchewan after some warmer, spring-like conditions. Do they remind you of the reverses we can experience when we live with chronic health problems?
A flare up, some side effects from new medication, a diagnosis that tells us another system of our body is not working right. Or an insensitive reaction when we take the risk of sharing something deep from our heart–such circumstances can quickly move us from a place of relative peace into a tempest.

It happened to me recently. After several days of feeling and coping better, I went through what may have been my worst day of the whole winter (and it’s been spring according to the calendar for a month now.) I suddenly felt totally overwhelmed once again, dissolved in tears, and had to cancel a doctor’s appointment at the last minute. I was in the middle of a dreadful storm. What then? It was impossible to think clearly for awhile, but as I was able, I cried out to God.

What do we know for sure that can give us hope? “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him….Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or [anything else]? ” The answer is a resounding “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:28, 35, 37).

In Genesis, the Lord promises that spring will return. And as in the natural world, so it is in our lives. May He give us grace to say “Amen!” to these certainties.

About the Author:
Beth Cottrill lives with her husband, a “retired” pastor and writer, in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. She suffers with ADD, OCD, depression and some physical conditions, which she considers formidable teachers. They have given her a deep desire to encourage others. She feels close to God out in His wonderful creation and loves being the grandmother of two fabulous youngsters. She loves animals, making cards, scrapbooking as well as playing the piano and singing.

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