Prayer for the Week of April 9 – Spring
“Everything is new in the spring…. Springs themselves are always so new, too. No spring is ever just like any other spring. It always has something of its own to be its own peculiar sweetness.”
The Anne of Green Gables Treasury of Days
I think our Heavenly Father specially designed this time of year for those of us who get lost in the dark. For those of us who try and carry a bit of winter’s heavy darkness in our heart the whole year through. I confess, I’m one of those. I sometimes deal with a weightiness that is not my own. I had never experienced anything like it until after the birth of our second daughter. Then the darkness came and enveloped me. It was hard to breathe. Spring seemed to take a long time in coming that year. In fact, I stayed in my place of winter for 18 months. Oh, how my heart longed for the spring, but somehow I couldn’t reach it.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
When we decide to follow Christ we are not told it will be easy. No, Psalm 23 says “even though I walk through the valley.” That means sometimes I’m not safe on the mountain top but I’m in a valley where the shadows are long and dark. But oh, the spring!! There is a spring! After we walk (mind you it doesn’t say lay down or camp there in the darkness) through the valley we come into the light, our mountain top where we can see.
Passover, Easter, and Spring truly are God’s way of saying the valley is coming to an end. There is a new place for you. There is light. There is a new beginning. As you look over the flowers blooming and feel the warmth of the “Son” on your face, thank God for this new season. Thank Him for bringing you through the valley and into His light.
Father, you know the valley where I have been walking. You knew I would walk through it long before I ever realized I was even in it. Your grace and mercy have brought me to the Passover. Your love for me brought me to the cross and then the resurrection. Now Father, bring me to the spring of new creation. Help me to see your Son in His fullness shining on me. I release the darkness from me and chose to give you my heart with all its holes and broken places and ask you to hold it in your loving hands. I am in a new season, a new place because you have set me free. Amen.
(Linked up at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home.)