There’s a moment that comes, when things are not going as planned, when there’s more problem than solution, when life seems to have gone sideways, when it all becomes too much, when we can’t see our way through the stuff. I had that kind of moment when I sat with my mentor, Rubena, and her dying husband, Milton. As a counselor, Milton had helped hundreds of people find their way from brokenness to healing, from oppression to freedom, from unhealthiness to health. It seemed wrong to see him laying in bed, his body sick and helpless from the ravages of cancer, his days on earth numbered. We sat in silence, all of us holding hands, as if, we were waiting for someone to reassure us there would be more time and Milton would get out of bed, healed and well. Then. The world would be made right. But. I knew. This was an ending. There was nothing more to be done.
It was at least an hour before Milton broke the silence. “Look out the window. Look at the cherry tree; it looks dead; however, look closely and you will see small buds on it. Spring is coming.”
I’ve never heard a shorter or better message. What I saw as an ending was actually a new beginning . . . I saw death; yet, Milton directed me to look closely to see the promise of new life.
We may have a season of winter . . . but . . . spring is coming.
Isn’t this the underlying message of the coming of Christ?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
( 2 Corinthians 5:17)
New beginnings, new life, and spring are a part of our story when we choose to live in Christ. Yes. We will face endings and even death. But. In and through the power of Christ, an ending becomes a beginning, the old becomes new, and death becomes life.
You may be in a season of winter, when it appears everything is dying, when it seems like there’s nothing more, when it feels like everything has ended. Look closely. Look at the promise of new life . . . the old has gone . . . the new has come. Spring is coming!
Learning to Kickstart the day, looking closely for spring to come.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)