It’s “spring” in Minnesota which means when I woke up this morning and it was gray and cold my first thought was, “Thank God it’s not snowing or raining again.”
Spring in Minnesota looks like a boat-load of ugly.
Yes, this is the mountain of soot-covered snow still in our parking lot. We’re thinking we could raise money for missions if we take bets on the date it will finally be gone (and 4th of July is not out of the question).
It does NOT seem like an easy time to choose life. Or to remember that life is there, beneath the surface, hidden in the ugliness of brown dirt. It’s hard to remember that God WILL actually transform that ugliness at some point in the near future.
It’s much the same with seasons, or days of our life. We can recite “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him.” but we think, “HOW in the WORLD is God going to change this mistake, this sin, this pain, this relationship and bring LIFE and Beauty from it??? How will God redeem it at all?”
I did an exercise recently, thanks to the suggestion of Donald Miller, that required me to look back over the hard stuff of the past and try to identify the redemptive lessons from each experience of pain or failure.
Doing this exercise for the past, strengthened my faith in God for the present and the future.
So my “choose life” suggestion this One Word Friday is to try this yourself. Look back and choose one experience that seemed full of death. Look for glimpses of the resurrection in it – signs of life and redemption that God brought about and say a prayer of thanksgiving.