Song of Solomon 2:11-13 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
The month of March, although it's a month that often seems endless, is a month of rebirth. It's the same familiar story God brings to us when the world seems dark and hope seems gone. Just when we think winter will never end. The grass will turn green, the plants will poke their heads out of the soil, some plants will even flower. It is then that we realize hope has not disappeared but lies just below the surface, waiting for the sun to shine - waiting for the light to warm our hearts. It's a time of rebirth.
There has yet to be a time when winter has lasted forever. Spring will eventually come and springtime brings us a reminder that God is not through with us. As God is working beneath the surface of the soil to provide nutrients to plants, He is also working beneath the surface of our lives to wash away the negativity and bring beauty into our lives when we least expect it.
If we have the faith as a grain of mustard seed, that seed of faith can enter the soil of our hearts and turn us into something beautiful for God. He promises to bring "beauty for ashes" and certainly hope for a better future.
Isaiah 43:18-19 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
This is a promise that should nourish your heart. God is always at work behind the scenes. Beneath the hard days of the winter of your life, God is always preparing the soil for springtime.
When we gaze into the wonders of His creation we often see simple examples of nature that can give us hope. You might see what some might consider a weed as a beautiful flower. You might see a plant growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. You might see a tree growing up from a pile of rocks. All of these examples of nature can give us hope that our lives can sprout into something promising. Hope emerges into something promising that can lift us higher than we have ever been before.
In the garden of your life look closely among the weeds and broken branches and find hope. When disappointments and just life in general weigh you down, God will surprise you with a burst of wonder, the gift of love, the joy of rebirth, and the rays of hope.
Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.