By Betsy Roy
“…all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you!” Exodus 34: 10c
We can all agree that it has been a very long, cold and hard winter in many parts of the US. Today is the official start of spring on the calendar – March 20th! Yet, we see little evidence of it, especially here in the Northeast where there is still snow on the ground and the forecast says more is coming later today. However, there have been a few days above freezing and with that a lot of snow did melt. Last week something appeared in my backyard as the snow melted. Part of it is still covered by snow but right now it is a “cross”. It is up an embankment across from a stream but I spotted it as I looked out my kitchen window.
What are you saying LORD? You are always with me? You will never leave me nor forsake me? You indwell me? You are thinking of me? You are protecting our land, home and family? All of this is true – amen! But, I sensed there was a deeper meaning and so I have been pondering over it. Under the blanket of snow I could not see that cross. It only appeared when melting began. So it is with the formation of the LORD’s character in us. As the ice and hardness of our hearts melts in the warmth of HIS presence, the hidden man of the heart, CHRIST JESUS, begins to emerge. As we take our stuff, attitudes, and self-life to the cross we begin to change, conform, and reflect HIS image. Hallelujah!
Years ago Bette Midler sang a song that had some lyrics along these lines – Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes a rose. We have a seed within us – a spirit – that with the SON’s love becomes more than a rose! It becomes the reflection of the life of Christ! It is an indestructible life – Praise God! Yes, this earthly life has difficulties, temptations, struggles and many disappointments. I am not minimizing the pain of loss, nor the hurts experienced in this life. We all face them in various degrees and at various times. But, HIS life in me causes me to become an overcomer, just like Jesus! My job is to submit and be patient in the process. He is doing a work in me and through me even when I can’t see it. And, HE is doing it in and through YOU also! It is an awesome work!! And others will see it and give HIM praise! His WORD tells us so!
Yes, the winter has been long! But it’s time to shake off the winter duldrums and spring into the life God has for us in Christ Jesus! Raise your expectation and declare the Lord’s promise over yourself, your family, your church, and your circle of friends – “…all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you!” Exodus 34: 10c
Raise your level of expectation! Join me and hundreds of women at the Spring WOW April 10 – 12 in Portland, Maine. Together we will experience the beginnings of all the awesome things God will do with us! God is desirous of sharing Himself with you! Let’s hear HIS invitation and come! There will be uplifting praise and worship, powerful teaching and ministry, prayer, fellowship, laughter, and probably some tears too. Tears are cleansing so they are good and God sees every one! I can’t wait to welcome you and see you there! Register today.