Wait for Spring

Wait for God's plans. Let his outrageous love work in you. http://wp.me/p2UZoK-GP via @blestbutstrestThe rain pounds down on the red, gritty earth and forms tiny rivers that push outward and seek outlet in some dry crevice. The weight of the sky hangs heavy and cold and shrouds the barren branches. The temperature drops and the rain turns to snow. A junco shivers and fluffs its feathers, his cheery song turned into a muffled chirp by the dismal day.I wait for the wonders of spring in the bleak midwinter http://wp.me/p2UZoK-GP via @blestbutstrest

I wait in the desert for spring.

When the cadence of the rain that fell months before will unlock untold wonders from the earth. Just as every winter wears a different face, so spring reveals a different glory. Some years, the verbenas carpet the earth in a vibrant splash of lavender and green. Other years, the verbenas stay silent and the cacti burst forth in raucous colors.Flowers burst forth in raucous colors  http://wp.me/p2UZoK-GP via @blestbutstrest

The past year has pounded around me, forming river-like problems that raced wildly around my mind. The worries weighed like wet snow and my voice felt muffled and unsure at times as I navigated uncharted waters and came alongside a frightened, hurting friend. How long would the winter last, I wondered?

I wait in the desert for spring.

I know without a doubt that the time of pain, sorrow and distraction will bear its fruit when the time comes. I know the Father orchestrates the hidden life of hearts and souls the way he orchestrates buried seeds, grains of sand and drops of rain. (tweet this) And when all things work together for his good, spring will arrive.

It will never look just like a previous spring—because he shapes each spring according to his purpose. (tweet this) But I know without a doubt that I am to wait.

Spring will come.

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Beautifully written. Loved the words, “orchestrates the hidden life of hearts and souls”…just beautiful! Thanks for sharing: your writing has really uplifted me.

    • Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words :).

  • Beautifully written. I enjoyed the metaphor of physical seasons to the experience you are feeling inside yourself. I wish you a beautiful Spring when it arrives.
    (visiting from FMF)
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    • It might be only January, but spring is in the air! Thank you for stopping by :).

  • Lovely words, great reminder

    • Thank you for your affirmation. Have a wonderful day :).

  • This is so true…”He shapes each spring according to His purpose.” How hard it is to wait in the process of winter but how beautiful when spring finally comes! Thanks for these encouraging words! Great to chat with you last night as well! Happy Friday, Anita!
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    • Thank you, Rachel! Thursday nights are the highlight of my week ;). May your Friday be fantabulous!

  • This is beautiful Anita <3 Such a reminder that every season comes and goes but it is also unlike seasons gone by. Every Spring is unique in some way and I look forward to what this Spring will bring 🙂 #FMFParty
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    • Thank you, Sarah :). Spring is on it’s way–even though it’s not yet February :). God has blessed us.

  • These photos are so beautiful as are the words you have used to describe this season.
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  • “When the cadence of the rain that fell months before will unlock untold wonders from the earth. Just as every winter wears a different face, so spring reveals a different glory.” Oh Yes and Amen my friend! So Much Amen!
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  • Can I say I love, love, love this wording?
    forming river-like problems that raced wildly around my mind. beautiful writing – you have a gift racing wildly through your mind – if you don’t mind me saying that – pun intended
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  • This was breathtaking, friend. And the images too. I am just happy I made it by here today to be blessed by this post.
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    • Thank you for your kind words, Colleen. I need to come practice my photography in your neck of the woods!
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  • We don’t even think thoughts of Spring until April sometimes May here in these mountains. I love your pics with birds. I bet spring in the desert is spectacular!
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    • It is! Montana spring used to happen in June ;), so I know what you mean. We actually get two ‘springs’ in the desert–one in February or March, then everything dries up and when the monsoon season happens, we have a ‘re-greening’.
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  • LOVE LOVE that sweet little bird … he can join my NY friends at the bird feeder. It’s been a hopping place this week!

    Have a restful weekend, Anita …

    ;-}
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    • I can imagine with all the bad weather you’ve had back east that the birds really appreciate your feeders!
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  • What a great thought to start your post off with. I feel like our world would be a much better place if people practiced “waiting” instead of acting immediately–it would be a much gentler and respectful place, don’t you think?
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    • I agree absolutely! It’s so much easier to just jump in, though, because it only requires our own opinion ;). It’s hard to remember to work as a committee with God as the chairman!
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  • Spring will surely come!!! Until that time let’s learn something that we need so we can savor our spring time!!!
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  • Love the beauty of your words and imagery, Anita. And that little bird……..<3 It's been that kind of year around here too….and we wait for a new spring.
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    • I love little birdies :)–they always remind me of the amazing Creator.
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  • I always love coming to read your words. You always encourage me. Thank you for sharing.
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