In a season of winter, our hearts crave hope–hope that a new season is just around the corner.  That though weeping may last for a night, JOY will come in the morning.  Signs of spring.

Here are a few things that God is using to remind me to hope….

Flowers…the seemingly impossible task of a shoot making it’s way through winter-hardened ground to grow and bloom–seemingly hopeless ground brings forth life….

Children…there’s something about a child that brings joy and hope that not all is as dark as it may seem…that faith is possible…

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt: 18:3

Promises…God’s promises make “spring” a surety.   Here are just a few that have spoken to me recently:

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” Psalm 84:5-7

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.   I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;therefore I will wait for him.’”  Lamentations 3:21-24

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23

The resurrection…Honestly, the best promise of spring we will ever have is that our Jesus who died on a Friday ROSE from the dead on a Sunday.

Spring came with His resurrected life, and it purchased for us a promise of a “spring” to come that will never, ever end.  The new season will be one where “He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4) because “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:5.

Now that is SPRING!!