Spring Frost

August 1, 2014

Spring Frost

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory.

Spring is like the times in our life when our world seems right, good things are coming forth and we are content and excited about living. We feel blessed. Perhaps we have just came out of a long winter of barrenness and were wondering if we would ever feel the sunshine on our face again and smell the sweet fragrance of the fruit trees in blossom. Yes, our world is finally rosy again and then we wake up one morning and a cold front has moved in. Frost has covered all of the beautiful new growth and all of those blossoms are shriveled up in the cold. The frost has come on our spring like rain on a parade. What a set back and disappointment, just when things seemed so good.
Does that sound like our lives oftentimes? Struggles, trials and disappointments never seem to leave us for very long. Just when we thought things were finally turning around, here comes something else to rob and steal the promise of our fruitfulness. One thing that is sure about life is that it is always changing and not always for the better.
If we ride the roller coaster of our outward emotions and circumstances it can be very disheartening and discouraging. There are always disappointments, people let us down, things break down and trials seem to always surround us. It is very easy for us to get short sighted and become discouraged and depressed by how overwhelming life can be.
Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world (John 16:33).” In Christ we have a spring that is fruitful and abundantly even though snow and frost cover our outward circumstances. When we are living out of Christ we realize all that surrounds us is a dress rehearsal and preparation for the eternal. In Christ we begin to view our world from an eternal perspective. We know that these afflictions and difficulties in life that we face are just opportunities to further develop our faith and exercise Christ’s nature in the midst of them.
When the frost comes in our spring we are tempted to drain the sprinkler system and save the yard by covering all of the trees and flowers. God has it under control. If we go ahead and let those sprinklers run when it is below freezing it may be just what we needed to clear the forming ice out of the line. In other words don’t let life’s little hick-ups and dips keep you from having springtime in your heart. That frost doesn’t have to affect your fruitfulness; if anything it may toughen you to endure the extremes of life and still maintain your joy. Look not to the circumstances that surround you, whether good or bad; keep your eyes upon the Son. These light afflictions are just for a moment and they should only serve to work a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Blessings,
#kent

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