Winter is gone. Spring is here in all its magnificent splendour. Summer is right behind like a best lady. I have been meditating on the meaning of the change in seasons. Winter has got a way of numbing us as we all retreat to find a niche of warmth. Spring has got a way of making us all bounce back. This morning I have been watching the red spring blossom of Msasa trees, hearing the enthusiastic chirping of birds all under a serene blue sky – what an explosion of edenic beauty. Flowers as if on some regimented cue, are all strutting their beautiful blooms at the slightest push of the gentle whispers of spring breeze.
All this we see in nature is a promissory note from the bank of heaven that nothing lasts forever even the coldest and longest winter has to give in. The destruction of the old brings the construction of the new. Every exit…is an entrance to somewhere… The sun sets today to rise tomorrow. Your situation is not your destination. Your temporary condition is not your permanent position.
If I had time if I had time…. I would tell you of one story that grabs me. A story of one paralytic man who had been immobile for 38 years… he had “a deep seated lingering disorder”:
There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!
Jesus asks the man a question. I am reminded of the story of Job – for a good 37 Chapters God is silent. In the 38th Chapter, God finally speaks and asks Job questions:
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
“Who is this who darkens counsel. By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.”Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. – Job 38:1-4
Going back to the Old Testament, instead of getting an answer God asks questions and tells a Job to basically zip it! Fast forward to the New Testament , the paralytic man who wanted to have a pity party was also told to zip it!
Friends today you are being asked questions as well. What is your answer? This ain’t time for a pity party. This is not time to feel sorry for yourself. BUT…
1. RISE UP (above negativity, from slumber), TAKE UP YOUR BED (circumstances, limitations) and WALK (pursue purpose, do what you couldn’t do)
2. Write that business plan, publish that book, go to that place, meet that person, read that book…do that which you have always wanted to do but couldn’t
3. Cheer up. Chin up. Head straight. Chest out. Square shoulders . Spring in your step. There is more in God…there is more in YOU
It’s a spring time!