After living in Missouri for almost two years, I’ve noticed that—at least during these last two winters—a “spring teaser” appears every few weeks. After a few days of freezing temperatures and the occasional snowstorm, the temperatures will steadily climb again. Then on a day like today, a nice walk in the warm sunshine becomes possible. While the brain of this Northeastern girl surely gets confused, I definitely appreciate these springlike respites in the middle of the winter. Somehow, they help remind me that winter won’t last forever.
Over the last few years, the LORD has also been bringing my attention to the seasons we have in our lives. The last few winters I’ve noticed that my life seems to reflect the state of the trees and I will find myself in an uncomfortable time of dormancy and pruning. This winter has been particularly difficult, but just as a time of dormancy and pruning for trees is as critical to their continual growth as the spring, summer, and autumn, I know deep in my spirit that all of the seasons we face in our lives are critical to our continual growth as well.
It’s funny, I didn’t always feel this way though. Continue reading