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Monday, March 9, 2009

The End of Winter

I love it because it signifies the end of winter.The little flower bed in my front yard is usually full of flowers. I live in South Texas and the weather lends itself to annual blooms.

Usually.

Our winter was colder this year and my little flower bed has been barren for several months. This small patch of earth, my piece of land, that normally blossoms with color has been dull and drab and dead for so long. I long for color, for life.To my surprise, when I opened my front door a couple of weeks ago, this is what greeted me:


Tiny green heads poking their way through the tough soil. I was delighted because I knew the end of winter was near. But I was amazed because it had been a couple of years since I'd planted the bulbs that were now emerging from the ground.

I hadn't expected to see them again.

I felt a burst of color in my spirit when I pulled the tiny weeds away from the baby bulbs and cleaned away the drab of winter. I planted the seeds, tended the ground, watered the soiled. I worked.And then I waited, much longer than I planned.But I didn't make the plants grow. I had no idea if they would grow or bloom or come to fruition.

I planted the seeds, but God brought the harvest.

And it's the same way in our spiritual lives. We believe God, the seed (His Word) is planted in our hearts.

We ask.

We wait.

We trust.

We water.

We tend.

We weed.

But GOD, just when we least expect it, He brings the harvest!

Galations 6:9-10

So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

So, if you find yourself waiting, watching, seeking, do not give up.

Do not quit.

Tend the seed.

Have faith.

And winter will end.

Prayer:

Thank you God for winter. I know that it's during these times that you teach me and reveal yourself to me. Help me to trust you, to believe that the good seeds I have planted, will come to harvest. You have begun a good work and I know you will be faithful to complete it.

Amen.




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7 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

Such a lovely post, and refreshing prayer.

March 9, 2009 at 12:19 AM  
Anonymous devita said...

I always want a winter but it never happens here. lol.. nice prayer.. have a great day!

March 9, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Nel said...

I always love watching for the first stems springing forth. New beginnings! It is a refreshing feeling after the long winter. God is so good!

March 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Dorci Harris said...

My spiritual winter has lasted five years now. Not that God hasn't been there, He has. But He's been quiet. Waiting. Planting. Watering. And recently the clouds have begun to dissipate. The sky has gotten brighter as God's voice has gotten louder. He has been speaking words of encouragement, of love, and He has been foretelling that spring is near. There's no telling yet, though, what the harvest will be. But I can almost see it peeking through the worked, nutrient-rich soil and I know it will be beautiful.

March 9, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
OpenID alittleilife said...

Yes, Kristen - Amen!

March 9, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger sweetfunkyvintage said...

very lovely.
thank you.

March 10, 2009 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Lorie said...

thanks for this reminder!

March 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM  

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