Will it be cold, probably.
Will it be deadly out today, maybe.
Will it be nice and calm...could be. Who, of man, knows.
This past winter was a hard long winter. The temps were brutal. The windchill was a deadly -30 to -40 most of January and February. We were stuck inside cuddling, reading, and eating soup and I LOVED that! We planned lots of happy dates with friends and played lots of new games. We ended up buying an indoor trampoline for our girl, and she burned energy like it was summer time. ;)
Though we found joy in the cold bitter days...they were still cold bitter days. We missed several get-togethers because our street is one of the last on the plow list. Multiple days would pass without that orangy sunny glow to enjoy. Planning anything was next to impossible. We seemed to catch every bug that was circulating and life just, well it just left me feeling...tired.
Tired of the cold. Hating the wind. And cursing the clouds that blocked all my sunshine!
But then March came, and Spring was just around the corner...Some days the temps were down enough that we could open a window and let in fresh air (for all of 10 minutes). We met friends at parks and the kids ice skated on frozen grass, ice patches. For at least 5 minutes a day you could feel the heat of the sun, whether threw a window or standing outside.
Something Glorious was happening.
Then came April.
I stood outside one afternoon as my daughter was finally able to play in our backyard again...and tears came to my eyes. It is finished. I watched dark clouds floating away and the sun peering behind them roared like a lion. Chasing the dark away. The darkness could not hide the majesty of the sun. It is called Spring, and it is the gospel spoken in nature*. Our present earth is a sermon of Redemption. A picture of Hope.
Oh, where can you go from His Spirit? Even the clouds sing of His great mercy. Birds are shouting in the morning the glorious mercy of God the Father. They sing out "He has redeemed us! He is making all things new..."
Today the New is not yet here... But Spring sings to us it will come. The green grass is pointing us to hope. Do not loose heart! It will be here. And the Lions roar will chase the darkness away for eternity.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son." Rev 21:1-7
So I love Iowa's harsh long winters that direct my heart to longing for my King and the home He has planned for us...