Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Lord My Shepherd, My Refreshment

Refreshment comes in all sorts of forms. 

On a hot day, it is a cold glass of lemonade.  On a cold day, a fire in the fireplace warms our fingers, toes, and soul. 

There is also something refreshing about spring where all things are made new again.

I have been feeling the chill of a season of "winter" in my life for a while.  Relationships have been dying around me.  Places of belonging no longer welcoming us in. 

Winter displays nothing new in bloom, and a sense that nothing will ever bloom again.  No wonder it is called the "winter blues"!  Everything is dark, drab, and dreary. 

But then...spring!  Everything in sight is turning green and forming fresh, new blooms!

New beginnings...

New hopes...

New plans...

New relationships...

New life!

I do believe winter is necessary, even while painful.  Winter allows time to think on what seeds we want to plant and what we want to grow in the next season (of garden or life!).  It is a time of rest for the worker and the earth, so that they can be strong enough to be fruitful in the spring. 

And in that time, both rely on the Lord alone to get through the dark season and to have life again in the next.

The Lord said, "I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."  (Jeremiah 31:25)

In a season of winter, it is so easy to grow weary.  But He will refresh us if we call on Him!

For we know this:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
He leads me beside quiet waters, 
He refreshes my soul.
(Psalm 23:1-3)

Tell me in the comments:  

Have you experienced a season of winter in your life?  Do you see new blooms of spring now?  How may I refresh you?  For He tells us, "whoever refreshes others will be refreshed" (Proverbs 11:25)
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  1. Ive been through social isolation over the past several months and now in my 1st trimester of pregnancy I totally blanked on 4th of july celebrations yet the Lord put it on peoples hearts to invite us to 3 bbqs this weekend and just a huge God hug right now. So God is good and times are seasons He promises these are seasons. My husband is a landscaper and we have struggled so for six years and my family has always come from meager means but now God is sending us to a season of blessing. It is so encouraging not just the material blessings of it all. But the fact that God gave us grace to hang on to Him to swim against the current to stand firm and now we are reaping what we have sowed and I am so thankful.


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