The Spring is Here

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Winter cottage
Winter cottage

The Long Cold Winter.

I wrote this Hub in the spring of 2013. Several things had happened over a period of 4 years that culminated in one long spiritual winter. The reality of winter is the freezing temperatures that declare its arrival. In fact, the cold is its defining characteristic. To save ourselves from the elements, we retreat to our homes and insulate ourselves from the death that awaits outside. We build our fires and grab our blankets and Waite for warmer days.

The cold winter
The cold winter

Spiritual winters are the same. For me, the hostile elements of the human condition are often cold and unfeeling. My relationships and circumstances swirled around me like a winter storm, threatening to leave me frozen and lifeless. So I retreated, I insulated my self from those who were hurting me and waited for warmer weather. Sadly, spiritual winters do not have a season schedule, They can last indefinitely. Despite my blankets and fire place, that is, my attempts to protect myself from the cold; I found my self freezing to death, feeling nothing but my own misery

I can still remember the moment the warmth began to creep its way back into my body. I expressed my joy over this change of season in this Hub called The Spring Has Come.

Spring flowers
Spring flowers
Signs of spring
Signs of spring

The Spring Has Come

It has been a long winter. But, praise God, the spring is here. The bitter cold that iced over my heart has begun to melt. The biting wind that numbed my emotions, keeping me isolated and unable to go out doors has passed. The rain clouds that darkened the sky, blocking my view of the Son my savior, have been blown away. His warmth, once again, has returned to my shivering body. The grays of winter are being chased away by the beautiful colors of spring. The air is full of bird songs and I can smell the honey suckle on the gentle breeze. It is glorious, it is breath taking. It is altogether marvelous.

The spring has come and with it, new life. I who was as dead, am now alive.
Bless the Lord oh my soul, for the spring has come and the winter is over.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), Ephesians 2: 4 & 5

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sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

Well said Aaron. The winters of our lives indeed serve to make the spring of our lives more understood and appreciated. The light of the Holy Spirit and God's Word brings an eternal light never to be dimmed or blotted out. It is only in our weakness that the winter presses against our souls. It is then that we must return to the foundations of our Salvation in Jesus to return to the newness of life each spring blends into our existence. In my winters, in my weakness, I am made strong through the blessings of God. IICor 12-9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." so be it.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Up, beautiful, and awesome. Nothing more to say!


JThomp42 4 years ago

Amen!! Spring displays so much of God's beauty.


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Abrushing1968 4 years ago from USA- Florida Author

Scott:

I love reading your responses. You always explain my stuff so well. You are like an interpreter. Thank you for being a friend and for praying for me this last winter. I am so grateful.

ABR


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Abrushing1968 4 years ago from USA- Florida Author

You are to kind Lifegate :)

Thanks again.


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Abrushing1968 4 years ago from USA- Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Jthomp42. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on this piece.

In Christ

ABR

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