“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”’ (John 20:29).
Lately, I have been walking through what I am going to call, a spiritual growth spurt. This spiritual growth spurt consisted of a darkness and a very tight, narrow passage. This squeezing came with a lot of pain. I always thought that faith was taking steps consistently forward to accomplish what God would have for us. What is this? I was going backward and not forward. Did I miss something? I felt many times that I wanted to curl up into a fetal position and just weep. I had very little courage to move forward. I wanted out of this situation fast.
That narrow passage acted like an extrusion process which forces materials through a die or mold, and it is comes out a different shape. That dark, narrow, tight passage was there for a reason. It was to force me through that perfect mold and to allow me to come out cleaner with a new perspective on the other side, which would involve forgiveness.
My pain came from my own sin of unforgiveness which I was holding on to pretty tightly. I am currently finding out that faith is at its best in the darkness. God has me right where I am supposed to be at this time, so I need to take courage and move on with the extrusion process. This is all part of God’s purpose.
I am choosing faith in God’s wisdom that He loves me enough to squeeze that things out of me.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
March is called a transition month for the season of winter to let go of its hold, and allow the next season of spring to once again prime the earth for a new growing season. Obviously, March is repeatedly known to give a surprise blast of snow or a week of single digit temperatures in the mornings. But I don’t care. It’s 30 days closer than last month.
Let’s take a look at ourselves and compare us to the next season. I did say March was a transition month. We can’t expect spring to be here tomorrow. It takes a process of little steps, but each one is a development for one big reawakening of spring. Spring is about small signs of hope of what is to come, which leads to something more spectacular. We go through a very similar transition as winter does to spring. By saying yes to God, this allows Him to start the reawakening process inside us with desires and a hopefulness for our future.
A transition takes place through God’s steady command over our lives. Then gradually a Godly beauty will begin to swell up inside us, break through that dormant crusty layer, and we will bloom with all sorts of greenery, colors, and fruits. Don’t stay trapped behind frozen soils. Let God and His promises be used like a spring tonic. God wants each of us to participate in the reawakening process, and He is there to guide the transformation of our lives in Christ.
Prepare our hearts for budding! Let this church be the biggest green space of hope ever! ‘