With one grim news story after another, it has been hard to keep negativity at bay. This afternoon, I was looking out my kitchen window while washing my hands for the umpteenth time. The woodpeckers were pecking at the suet, a gentle spring rain was cleansing the landscape and a patch of bright yellow daffodils were lightly dancing in the gentle breeze. Wow! I thought. It’s spring! Why did God allow all this to happen in the spring?
God is always looking for a closer relationship with each and every one of us. We have forgotten Him and put Him in second (or third or last) place in our lives. He wants to be first. Is that selfish of Him? Absolutely not. When He is first in our lives, He can lead us in the way we should go. He can show us the right way. We do have free will, but our free will should guide us to choose the right way. There is a right way and a wrong way. The wrong way always leads us into trouble. He wants the best for us, but individually and collectively, we have let Him down. He’s not allowed in very many places at all any more.
People are fond of quoting this Scripture: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) It’s one thing to quote it and shove it into people’s faces, kind of raw and self righteous, but it’s another thing to take it to myself. Looking at myself, having a serious talk with God my Father and admitting my own issues. I can be sure, 100% sure, that when I do the first part of this Scripture, God will always keep His promise and do the second part. He is over the top reliable and dependable.
Sooo, why is this happening in spring? Spring is the season of so many hopes. The hope of warm weather. The hope of a great garden this year. The hope of quiet evenings out on the deck or afternoon picnics in the park. We have a spiritual hope as well. He will never leave us without hope. “A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench.” (Matthew 12:20) This is also the season of resurrection. We can resurrect our connection with our Father. He is always there to encourage and sustain us. When we do the self reflection, the repentance, the restoration, He will absolutely hear from heaven, forgive us, and heal our land, both the personal “land” of our hearts and the land of our nation. Let’s not take this time in quarantine lightly. Let’s use it to reconnect with Him. We can resurrect His life in us. Sincere best wishes for a fruitful (and healthy!) time of quarantine and a peaceful season of resurrection.