Happy First Day of Spring!

I love the Spring… sense of renewal and life bursting forth. The birds are chirping with joy in the mornings (and most the day). We have had our windows open for the last few weeks and I love hearing the birds welcoming the new day as the sun breaks forth over the horizon. They are still singing their songs as I type this!

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

-Isaiah 58:8-14

There is so much for me to grasp onto in this for me during this “Season” of my life. As my previous post declared, I was struggling with a down cast soul, and struggled most of Wednesday and Thursday with some hurt and internal issues of bitterness. I love the Lord God, and love that He allows me to feel and express these feelings of pain to Him and He doesn’t shy away from me. He longs to hear of my hurts and burdens… even though there are times I don’t feel like sharing them… even with the One who knows my sufferings before I even experience them.

Isn’t there something about tears and crying that can bring relief and healing (even clean out toxins of our bodies?)? Yet, as this scripture attests, I must come to a place of moving on from any self pity and “pointing of the finger” and think of others before myself. When I put others before me, my “light shall rise in the darkness and my gloom be like the noonday… The Lord will guide me continually and satisfy my needs, even in parched places… make my bones strong, and be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” Don’t you just picture Spring? A garden of God’s grace abounding in the life of someone who cries out to him!

Today does feel like a new day compared to the last two that I’ve awakened to. Perhaps it is the joy of Spring and the hope of New Life abounding everywhere I look. May you see and know the newness of life that God brings to us as His people and even His creation! Blessings as we all step into this new Season!

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