A friend of mine was praying for me a couple of weeks ago, and God gave her a picture of me walking through a field of tulips. In the picture, someone walking in front of me would occasionally pick a tulip and hand it to me, and this continued until I had a nice bouquet. She also heard the phrase, “the winter is past.”
This seemed significant to me because one of the verses hanging on the door of my wardrobe says that very thing. Song of Songs 2:10-12 says, “My Beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.’”
I am ready for Spring, the season of new life and new beginnings! However, as we are nearing the celebration of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, I am reminded that this season of new life is dependent on the season before it. Just as Jesus had to die and be buried before we could celebrate His resurrection, the seeds have to fall and be buried before they can begin to grow and bring new life to the earth. The times of rain are necessary for the appearance of flowers on the earth.
Perhaps the past season of your life has been a difficult one filled with long, dark nights and with mourning buried dreams. Hold on. Winter is past. The time of singing has come! Perhaps it feels like you are just entering a “winter” season; maybe it seems like everything around you is falling to the ground and the night is growing darker and longer. Hold on. Winter will pass, and the time of singing will come again.
Whatever season of life you find yourself living in today, make the most of it. Be aware of the beauty that can be seen in every phase of life. Whether our lives are full of new growth, “burials”, or anything in between, there is beauty to be found if we will look for it. It may be easier to sing as the days get brighter, but the songs sung in the winter may be the most beautiful we ever sing.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:4-7.
I pray whatever season you’re in now, that God will open your eyes to the blessings and beauty surrounding you in the midst of it, that His love and grace will carry you through, and that your song will bring glory to Him and joy to many.