Winter is finally over and according to the calendar spring is here! I love this time of year and with its arrival I am reminded of the silly little rhyme my Grandmother would recite as she went about her daily chores. She would make us grandkids giggle as she said,
“Spring has sprung, the grass is ris,
I wonder where the birdies is?”
For me spring is a season of new growth. I so enjoy seeing the trees full of plump green buds with baby birds peeping in nests tucked away in their branches. Daffodils and tulips popping through water-soaked soil add a brilliant splash of colour to their subdued surroundings. The sight of green grass poking up through brown terrain calls out for my picnic basket and blanket. I love to watch the woodland creatures wake up from their winter slumber to bask in the warm sun and scurry about looking for new food stuffs.
The air is crisp with the promise of summer warmth and filled with the sounds of life. The sunny days begin to outweigh the cloudy ones and last a little longer each day. The world just seems fresh and vibrant and new! My spirit is lifted and it spurns me on to increased physical activity and outdoor adventure. It just seems that everyone is a little happier, friendlier and spunkier!
As we move further into this beautiful season of new beginnings, and farther from the cold, desolate winter months, I am reminded yet again of God’s word. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
God, Himself, spoke these words to His beloved people, the Israelites; His very wayward children during a time when they were very far from Him. He was imploring them to see that He was about to redeem them by doing something He had never done before; by sending His very own Son to be the sacrifice for their sin. To free them from bondage and usher them into blessed release. All so that He and they could be in closer communion with one another. That they would have a new beginning with Him. That they would walk from winter to spring!
I am so thankful that God spoke these words to His children thousands of years ago and that they are relevant to me today. He sent His Son to be my sacrifice, so that I can have a new beginning in Christ and become a new creation. I am grateful that I can walk in freedom and live my days in the perpetual season of His spring.
Because of Jesus I can step lightly with joy in my heart, growth in my spirit, sunniness in my disposition, energy in my bones and hope for my future. With Him, I can face all things knowing that I am His and He is mine. Jesus is alive in me and His work on the cross has made me new.
Daughters, I encourage you today, to remember what Christ has done for you. Through His work on the cross He has made you a new creation and you can live in His spring daily. No matter what you face, good or bad, He is with you and new things are in store for you!