Peek outside and you’ll see a small glimpse into the marvelous beauty of God. As our Creator, His hand molds each giant mountain and crafts every fragile flower. He is full of innovation and intentionality, and His creation is evidence of this.
We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers.” Often, there’s hidden truth to common sayings like these. Right now, it may seem like we are stuck in an “April shower,” a time of disappointment or confusion, while we patiently wait for “May flowers” to bloom and produce a sense of hope and refreshment.
It’s important for us to step back and ask ourselves: How can I turn my current struggles into something beautiful? How am I using this season of rain as nourishment for a new perspective?
As the world around us changes daily, we can do some spring cleaning of our own.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
During this time, we are all redesigning what “normal” looks like. If we shift our worldview to seek out the Lord in our new routines, we will emerge more thoughtful, compassionate and caring. As the seasons transition, our hearts can, too. How can we live out “I’m Third” more fully each day, no matter where we are? Now more than ever, how can we find new ways to prioritize others over ourselves? The Apostle Paul tells us:
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Paul’s guidance here rings just as true now as it did 2,000 years ago. At present, we may face new challenges, but this is a time of growth. The habits we form today will become our way of life tomorrow!
As we remind ourselves to stay positive and hopeful in the Lord, we set ourselves up to reap a very plentiful harvest indeed. This is especially true as we learn to approach each day not from a perspective of fear or despair, but one of hope.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We can use this time to grow in hope. When we allow the Father to guide us, it is impossible to find anything less than total fulfillment! Kanakuk family, as we finish up this season of April showers, remember that the sun comes out after every storm.