When you hear the word spring, what do you think of? I think of brightly colored flowers, lush green grass and beautiful landscapes bursting with signs of life.
But you know, that is not all that spring is known for. Because before you can get lush plants and vibrant colors, you need some rain.
I have a two year old golden retriever named Sawyer and, let me tell you, he hates rainy days. Most people (and dogs) do. The rain makes you cold and wet. It makes it hard to get out and do the things you need to do. Rain can make even ordinary days feel dreary.
But the rain is necessary to make the grass grow and the flowers bloom.
Have you ever gone through a rainy season in your life? A time when things were hard? When it seemed like nothing was going your way? I have. So I know that during those seasons, it is hard to understand why so many bad things seem to be happening.
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about his response to enduring a tough situation. “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and trouble that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Cor. 12:8-10 ESV).
Romans 8:28 says, “and we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
These verses have comforted me time and time again, because they reassure me that God uses the hard times in our lives to strengthen both our character and our relationship with him.
In other words, the rainy seasons in our lives bring about spiritual growth.
So whether you are struggling with grief, depression, bullying, anxiety, doubt, mental illness, addiction, sickness, or some other trial, I want to encourage you to view this rainy season is an opportunity to grow closer to God.
Next time you are looking out a window at the rain sighing, wondering where the beauty of spring is (like my dog and I are right now), remember that spring rain is what makes way for the beauty and life that we associate with this time of year. Take heart in the knowledge that the sun will come out again.
If you’re struggling through a rainy season, want us to pray for you, or just want to talk about Jesus, shoot us a message! We’d love to talk with you!