This verse has been stirring in my spirit this week. I believe the Father is impressing on my heart that times of renewal are up ahead for the earth. Just as the northern hemisphere is experiencing spring right now, signs of new life will begin to appear soon all over the planet. The land was asleep and apparently dead during winter. Now, plants are coming back to life. Birds have begun to sing so joyfully (they seem completely unaware of the COVID crisis, don’t they?). Flowers appear everywhere. Vibrant greens and so many other vivid colors beautify our world once again.
They are prophesying. The Father is going to send His Spirit to renew the face of the earth from the winter of this pandemic. New life is coming.
The previous verse in this chapter says, “You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust” (v. 29). This speaks to me of the earth’s complete dependency on God for all things; especially life. It doesn’t at all mean that God wants to take our breath away. Rather, the Word is instructing us that if we are breathing, it’s because He’s putting breath in our lungs. If we are alive, it’s because He has given us this day.
We have been enduring a season of feeling deeply troubled, as this Scripture describes. We have been through a dying process. In wintertime, all the greenery that cheers our hearts gets put to death. Even darkness takes up more space in our lives, as the nighttime gets so much longer, seeming to eat up more and more of the light of our days.
The beautiful thing about seasons is that they do not last forever. Springtime always follows winter. Hope always springs anew. New life always returns to our hearts. Joy always comes in the morning.
Maybe the Holy Spirit has been putting to death aspects of our lives that were stealing from our spiritual vitality. Maybe you and I have been going through an intense kind of dying, being crucified with Christ. If so, the exultant news of Jesus our Savior is this: “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom. 6:5, ESV).
Just as we celebrated His triumph over death last week, we will soon celebrate the same in our own lives. For those of us who are in Christ, resurrection always follows death!
Dear one, take Easter, take spring, as prophetic whispers. Holy Spirit is coming. He’s coming to renew the earth. Glorious new life is ahead.
“See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
(Song 2:11-13, NIV).
Have you experienced joy coming in the morning after a winter season of life? If so, do you have any words of wisdom to share from your reflection on that time?