loved the fresh renewal of spring, but this year it's especially
poignant; bright purple wild flowers are rising from ashes that
cover miles of land near my home. Green sprouts of life poke through
the remnants of the October wildfires that swept through our neighborhood.
I'm eager for a colorful spring to fully arrive!
enter into our life, creating a seemingly endless season of winter.
Sometimes our hearts turn cold; our attitude becomes bitter and
our faith gets skeptical. Why is God ignoring our prayers and our
pleas for spring? We want answers and we demand reasons for the
pain! Yet Scripture tells us in Isaiah 5:19 (The Message), "Woe
to those who say. . . 'What's God waiting for? Let him get a move
on so we can see it. Whatever The Holy of Israel has cooked up,
we'd like to check it out.'" God's thoughts and plans are quite
different then our own, and we are impatient to see them with our
My plan was
to be a healthy active adult, but at 24 I nearly became disabled
with rheumatoid arthritis. My plan was to have a successful career
working for the non-profit field; however, God's plan was to put
me into full-time ministry serving Him through my new passion-chronic
illness ministry. My plan was to get married and have a baby; God's
plan included five years of dating my future husband, followed by
five years of infertility issues, and then two years of waiting
to adopt. God's plan was to bless our marriage; and then we received
a gift beyond measure through adoption-precious little Joshua.
waits until we have exhausted all of our resources and talents,
so that when He answers our prayer, we must give Him one-hundred
and ten percent credit for the miracle that has occurred.
Our lives may
resemble bamboo which remains dormant underground for years; then
it shoots up, growing up to 4 feet in 24 hours. In the dormant times
of our lives-our long winters-we feel like God is invisible; we
see no part of His hand over our life. But He is just working on
our roots; and once we are strong enough He'll allow us to shoot
up through the ashes and bloom.