Spring is here at last and the sun has started to shine. What a relief after so many weeks of rain. We all feel sorry for those people whose homes and businesses have been flooded and it must seem to them that they will never get going again. I remember once someone saying: ‘When you’re up you feel as if you’ll never be down, and when you’re down it seems like you’ll never be up’. But seasons do change, both in the weather and in our lives. There are times of struggle and difficulty and there are times when things go well and we feel we are getting somewhere significant. That’s the ebb and flow of life and we are to learn from the different seasons.
In the Bible Peter explains it like this: ‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast’ (1 Pet 5:8-10). What a great passage! We have an enemy who is out to stop us making the most of who we are in Christ, and we need to be on the alert for the troubles that come. But as we stand firm in our faith and keep on trusting in Christ, we can be assured that the troubles will not go on for ever. But God will step in, when he sees that the difficulties have achieved what he allowed them for and he will bring about a restoration in our lives. He is building character in his people and looking out for an attitude of praise and thanksgiving to him in all seasons.
When Jesus was facing the cross everything looked very dark. But we read of him in Hebrews 12:2-3: ‘For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart’. So wherever you are right now, fix your eyes on the Lord and expect him to move you on in his time.