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Winter leads to Spring

I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people.

Eph 1:18 GNV

Over the past several weeks, I have watched as the pear trees around the school have sprouted buds and begun to bloom into flower. It is remarkable that when all seems dormant, shut down and gloomy in the depth of winter, the plants and animals around us are attuned to the season and are ready with new life.

Each day, I have deliberately taken time to watch the developing buds, even if it has been just for a moment, because every time, at that moment, I can feel hope arise within me. Winter always comes to an end, and spring always follows. Yet, winter is an important part of the cycle for plants; plants slow down their metabolisms, conserve nutrients and do some internal maintenance in repairing cells. Then they are ready for the new season of growth – they burst with energy and display all their glory.

I feel as though this has been a long winter, but I take heart that internal maintenance is being done in such seasons. We may have been required to slow down, conserve resources for a time and perhaps put new developments or opportunities on hold. But it will only be for a season; Spring is coming, and so is the opportunity to burst forth with new opportunities, fresh growth, and to see the fruit of our labour abound.

God is good. Our circumstances and our winter season don’t change his plans and purpose for us. They don’t change his love and grace for us. As this winter winds down and spring awakens, I pray you will be reminded of the wonderful blessings God has for us.

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