Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote these words:  “And winter slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring!” I love the springtime, but my mother taught me long ago that contentment in every season makes a man great. So, you could say, we’re leaving a lustrous winter and entering the grand wonderland of warmth and growth that is the spring of the year.

Spring is a time of renewal.  When he was 5, Eli asked me “Why did God make winter?” Now, I’m no scientist, but I explained that the world needs some time to rest and recover from working so hard in the warmer months and it gets to do that in the winter.  But in the spring, the world wakes back up and things that seemed dead and lifeless burst forth with new vigor.

Maybe your faith has been hibernating. Oh, you still “believe,” but if a person had to guess whether or not you’re a Christian by your actions, you aren’t sure they’d figure it out.  I pray that for your heart, spring is just around the corner.  See, your “faith” isn’t really faith at all if it isn’t a “working faith.”  James wrote that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).  But God justifies us when we ACT on the convictions that His word has placed in our hearts (James 2:24).

Many of us are tired.  We are overwhelmed and burdened.  But If no Christians ever felt like this, it wouldn’t make sense that Jesus cried out “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  The world is renewed when spring comes, and your soul can be renewed by the forgiveness and grace supplied by the blood of Jesus.  “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” (II Corinthians 4:16). -Darrell Powell