Seeing Beyond the Gray

Greetings to you all in the name of our risen Lord!

We have a lot to be thankful for as we look around today.  God’s creation is waking up with new growth and budding flowers to remind us that there is new life and a fresh start even after a long gray winter.  I think Spring is God’s way of letting us know that even when things look hopeless, dark and dead, there are stirrings just beneath the surface that God alone sees.  In those stirrings are the seeds of renewal, revival and new life.  The cross looked like a failure and defeat but God knew that beyond the cross was victory over death and the grave.  God has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat‼  We can take courage that because of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus we have a sure and certain hope for our future with God.  God can bring victory out of any circumstance.

It is this confidence that helps us face the winter seasons of life when struggles come and it looks like all is lost.  We all face those times when we are not sure the sun will ever shine for us again.  But with time, God’s grace and with the love and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ we find that tomorrow brings new possibilities and new joys that we could not foresee. So, no matter what life may bring, be it gray skies and dreary days with bitter cold and biting winds, there is a springtime just around the corner.  And we take heart in the midst of good and the bad because we have faith that God is with us in every kind of weather. And God alone knows the future that will be.

I want to leave you with a verse from a song in our United Methodist Hymnal entitled “Hymn of Promise”* (#707)  Let its message be an encouragement to you today.

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Grace and peace to you,
Chuck Ireson

*Words and Music: Natalie Sleeth, 1986
© 1986 Hope Publishing Co.

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