Spring is my favorite time of the year. Plants, flowers, trees that have been lying dormant in cold of winter are suddenly showing new life again. Here is the question I am seeking to answer, is what I am seeing all around me, also going on inside of me? Am I experiencing a spring in my soul, or do I desperately stand in need of one?
Let me unpack what is stirring in me today as I write. I have been on a journey over the last month or so and have done a good bit of soul searching. I have realized I was more weary and tired in my soul than I was willing to admit. I don’t want to blame Covid and the world situation, but it did play a part. But it was more and once it all piled on; the last season of life has done a number on my soul.
Things that once were life giving, dare I say became stale, even draining at times. I found myself doubting, jaded and even empty at times. I didn’t like how I was feeling, but like so many of you, I just pressed on, kept going, in hopes that I could capture the similar feeling of joy and fulfillment I had once known.
What happens when it didn’t come like I wanted?
I do what is expected, I keep grinding. It is the continuous circle of work, bills, busyness of appointments and activities, fall into bed and then wake up and hit the repeat button.
And for those of who are Christians, if we get honest, the things that once brought joy and fulfillment can become just another check on our to do list. We become weary and tired even as Christians. I know this is true of me and others with which I have talked.
Now, on the flipside, I know I am blessed, and I thank God for all He has done for me, but deep within me, my soul was hurting, and I did not know how to find the fresh touch I know I needed. Is this too honest? But if we don’t start getting honest about where we really are, we can never get where we need to be and where the Lord wants us to be.
In just two weeks we will celebrate Easter, which is all about Jesus Christ being crucified for our sins, buried, then on the third day coming alive out of the grave! Because He is alive, we can all experience new life!
The more I cipher today, the more that I know the answer is clear. It is not another process, program or even a new perspective. Spring in my soul will come only from a person and that person is Jesus.
Paul tells us plainly in 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Paul gives us the answer to finding new life, IN CHRIST. It is Jesus.
Jesus is the answer for a dead soul that needs salvation. Jesus is the answer for the soul in the midst of a winter, things lying dormant but not dead. He can make ALL things new again! Yes, He can, Praise His name. He can bring spring to my soul and to your soul as well.
I must run to Jesus, open my soul to Him so He can turn up the ground of my soul as the master gardener and plant fresh seeds of hope, faith, life and joy and ask Him to blow the warm winds of His Holy Spirit across my soul and pour down the showers of heaven so He can move my soul from the dormant days of winter to the new life of springtime!
He can and He has promised He will!
Join me in believing this and run to Him today and allow Him to turn the winter of your soul into springtime!