Monday, March 30, 2015

How Spring Travails

Here we are at the threshold of April 2015. Spring has officially been with us for the last 10 days.
The winter past has been one of the most difficult in my life. Maybe some of that is due to getting older....seems that the older I get the more I mind the cold.
And Spring how she struggles to arrive. Our temperatures locally continue to be below normal for this time of the year.
Yet intermingled in all of these cold days is the occasional day that spurs the hope, the anticipation of a Spring that becomes warm and balmy. A Spring that causes new life to spring forth. A life of buds, gentle soaking rains, warm sun rays and green.
As Spring travails in arrival, oh so my soul travails at times in its journey of becoming more and more like Jesus. The obstacles that deter my efforts to love God fully and only....that deter my efforts to love others as myself, to be gracious, to show mercy, to be meek, to have a pure heart, to be peacemaker, to trust God His goodness, His sovereignty. Ah these are the desires of my heart when I stop to listen but so often the voices of world, the voices of others, the voices of success/failure, the voices of temptation, pride and fleshly lusts draw my heart away when I stoop to listen.
Ah oh my soul be sure only to stoop and never to fall...but how, how to not fall? The answer is not in me but in the One the Lord Jesus promised when He lived amongst us. " If I go, I will not leave you alone, I will send you another Comforter...and He has come, He lives in my heart, in the heart of every believer. Surrender to His power, His direction, His instruction through God's word, His correction, His reproof .....oh my soul listen.....oh my soul yield

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