Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul
By Mark Buchanan
“Until that day God chooses otherwise. Until that day, all at once and everywhere, life and life to the full returns. And with it, hope.”
I love spring! There is something exciting about the newness of it. I love to walk outside with the dogs and smell the mud, listen to the birds, and feel the cool air that is warming up. Why do I love spring? Because winter is cold, dark, frozen and sometimes feels endless. Yet, spring puts and end to all that. The first robin lands in our yard as if to taunt what is left of our snow banks. “Goodbye winter, life is blooming and your time is done.” Buchanan does a beautiful job of describing the springtime of the soul. When hope takes center stage and inspires all that we do.
The springtime of the soul is best pictured in our baptism. I feel sorry for Christians who do not have a believer’s baptism because it is such a picture of hope and joy. We come out of the water proclaiming our salvation, new life, and new purpose. We laugh and we cry and we celebrate with others. Jesus has broken us out of winter and spring has come. Is there anything more beautiful than seeing a new Christian living with that newness and joy for the first time? We can lose that joy in the overwhelming tide of the do’s and don’ts of the Christian life. When the Christian life becomes a burden to us and we feel like we cannot breathe, it is when we need to feel spring again.
I have had several springs in my walk with the Lord. When the same Bible I read every day becomes a treasure chest of truth and I get excited to open it in the morning to see what God has for me. When prayer is not something I check off my list, but instead is a abiding deep in God’s presence. When I yearn to see His name lifted up and I look forward in hope to see what He will do. It is important to be reminded that spring will come. In the dry seasons, we must cling to the Bible, continue to worship God, and stay consistent in being with our church family. Spring comes more regularly when we walk in obedience to God, even when we are in a dry and difficult season of our soul.
I have also enjoyed springtime in other areas of my life. It is a joy, when it seems my marriage has gone a bit dry, God breaks in and brings a fresh newness in my relationship with my wife. I have loved the seasons when my relationship with one of my kids breaks free and rises to a new level of love and friendship. There have been times when things around me just feel better and more alive. The sunshine is brighter, the trees are greener, the sky is bluer, and the air is fresher.
I feel like my life is in a bit of a spring right now. There is still some residue of winter in my soul. I still have worries, fears and some limps from recent wounds. But I feel like God is on the move in my life, my home and our church. I look forward in faith to see what He is going to do in our lives. I look on in hope to know it will be glorious and worth the winter that preceded it. If you are in a winter right now, stay focused on the Lord and His promises, because spring will come. Just wait. Just when it seems like winter will never end, God will break free with joy rises. And winter will come to a close and spring will arrive.
Please feel free to comment on what you liked or did not like with these chapters on spring. The more we interact the better the experience becomes!