As I’m blogging this week I hear the sound of the snow plows outside cleaning up after yet another snowstorm. We’ve had somewhere between20-25 inches of snow over the last 2 weeks and I don’t know about you but I’m tired of it. The silver lining for me is that it’s resulted in a ton of extra time to take care of things here in the office. That’s important because next Monday morning I’m scheduled to have a procedure to break up a calcium mass in my left kidney and I’m not sure how functional I’ll be for the next few days (pray for me). The following week my wife Deb and I will enjoy a Groupon gift certificate from my daughter for a romantic 2 night getaway in the Poconos. So praise the Lord for the extra time to study and prepare. I’m also encouraged because I know spring is just around the corner. I’ve even heard by the end of next week we’re going to have temperatures in the 50’s. So hold on a little bit longer.
There is an interesting parallel between the seasons of the year and the seasons of our spiritual journey. For many of us when we come into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ it’s like the springtime of our souls. The flowers appear everywhere and our hearts joy is to tell people about our new love relationship with the Lord Jesus. Yet I’m reminded of Jesus’ words to the church in Ephesus in the book of Revelation where after repeating all their good deeds he says, “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love,” (2:4 NASB). I wonder how many of us have grown cold in our love relationship with Jesus. It isn’t always spring in our spiritual journey.
Sometimes during our spiritual journey we do go through a deep winter frost. Maybe it’s an unexpected loss, or physical suffering, or the death of a dream. The flame of our first love that blazed so brightly can become as cold as ice. The holy flame of devotion for Christ has been snuffed out by the cares and concerns of this world. We can even accumulate so much stuff that we don’t even have space for Christ’s love in our lives.
Thankfully our God is a God of second and third chances. The successful Christian life is a series of new beginnings. The language Jesus used to the church in Ephesus in Revelation is the language of a wounded heart. Jesus desires our heart devotion and affection. Listen to what He says again in the 2nd chapter of Revelation, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place-unless you repent”, (v.5 NASB).
We can come back to the Lord Jesus Christ, His arms are always open for a warm embrace. He desires to meet us where we’re at and to transform our hearts and lives. When we come back to Him the ice begins to melt and the ground begins to thaw. When we magnify the holy name of our forgiving God the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will once again renew our heart and lives. Spring is almost here, will you allow the love of Christ to break forth in full bloom in your life? Don’t you agree the winter has lasted long enough? Let us allow the blossom of the light of Christ shine forth from our lives so we may give the warmth of Jesus’ love, hope and peace to a world of desperate need.