Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.
- Song of Solomon 2:10-11
I’m a seeker of stability -- in every season. The problem with this is that it’s oftentimes so hard to feel secure when the weather around me is constantly changing. And I’m learning lately just how much purpose is to be found throughout the changing of the seasons.
To me, winter is a season that always seems to overstay its welcome. Everything shifts into a deep hue of gray and appears to be completely lifeless -- dead. But, that’s all it is. It just appears that way. You can’t see the growth taking place under the surface. You can’t see how the roots are growing deeper and stronger. You can’t see the bright colors swirling underneath all that gray, just waiting to burst out. But it’s all happening. And that’s how Christ works within us.
In the dead of winter, and in the cold of the night, growth is happening. And when the trees are strong enough again, they bloom. They blossom vibrantly colored flowers and leaves the brightest shades of green. And even though there have been thousands of springs, people are always captivated by the beauty after the long winter.
And that’s how I find myself with God through every season of life. Every hardship I face, I find myself thinking, “This is it. How could God possibly redeem this situation?” I argue that this time it’s different, it’s not going to work out. I get so stuck in my stubborn ways of thinking that I actually know best, and I become frustrated in trying to have everything figured out. Yet time and time again, I see that God is continuously at work. Even when it hurts. Little do I know that the pain is just the planting process. And it’s actually good for me.
I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green, all your fruit comes from me. - Hosea 14:8
In a world full of changing seasons and drawn out winters, Christ is an evergreen tree. He is our Constant. He is present when all else fades, when everything else appears to be lifeless.
He plants the seeds in our lives and He allows us to grow deeper and stronger in Him through the changing of seasons. Not only is there so much beauty that comes after those winters, but there’s so much beauty to be found within them. God doesn’t ask us to understand, and He didn’t ask us to fix it all on our own. Nor does He abandon us while He is at work.
As we see in Song of Solomon, He calls us out of the storms, out of the rain, and out of the winters. He calls us to come away with Him. But I don’t want to just go away with Him, I desire to drop all that I am and run away with Him, fearlessly and wholeheartedly. He has a purpose and He has a plan, even when we can’t see past the moment in front of us. I’ve learned that there’s no season without flaw. There’s always thunderstorms in the summer and there’s always sunshine breaking through the clouds in the winter.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. - Galatians 6:9
God’s brought us through too much to give up now. I’ve seen His hand redeem too many situations to doubt. He’s with us in every season; He is our Evergreen. We can always find hope in that. Keep going -- spring is coming.
1. How have you seen Christ as your Evergreen throughout the changing seasons in your life? Focus on the encouragement in discovering He’s always been there.
2. What lessons can be learned from the season He has you in right now? Where do you see His beauty and faithfulness?
God, I thank You for being my consistency in a world of inconsistency. I praise You because, even when I cannot see past myself in a moment, You are already there, and You are already paving my path. Thank You for the sunshine and the storms alike, and thank You that there is a beautiful purpose throughout it all. You are constantly good. Amen.
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