The thing I like most about knowing God is knowing that He is not far from me. On any given day, in any given condition that I find myself in, He is there. Nothing is a surprise to Him! And though it may look like there isn't anything going on, the reality is that something is always going on. There is so much more going on than meets the eye.
Take Spring, for example. We all love it when the weather warms up, the birds start to sing, the trees start to bud. But, a few weeks or months before these events take place, the earth is a dark, cold, seemingly barren land. Frigid white snow covers the ground, drowning out any life below that might be brave enough to emerge too soon. The trees are naked, stripped down to the branch, not a sign of life on them. Usually, the sound of ice crunching under foot is the only sound of nature that can be heard.
At first glance, one would think that all is gone. It's over! Nothing is happening whatsoever.
The snow melts, revealing tiny blades of grass that get greener by the day. Trees start to welcome birds who've flown home from milder climates. They sing happily and delight us with their springtime melodies while tiny buds appear and will soon turn into fragrant, colorful blooms, and then wonderfully shading leaves. Flowers start to push up through the ground, looking for warmth, for light from the sun, which stays around a little longer each day.
This beauty was there all along, even when we couldn't see it. When it was hidden with the cold, when the darkness threatened to dim the last flicker of light remaining, new life sprung forth.
I liken this analogy to our current situation. Nothing has changed since my last post. Jeff still does not have a job; we continue to wait and trust. And hope.
On the days where I felt that nothing was happening, things weren't ever going to change, and life as I knew it was being snuffed out of me, there was still that last flicker of hope.
Hope of what may come--What may be just around the corner.
Hope that I am not alone.
Hope that there is something going on, even if I can't see it.
Hope that beauty will come with our Spring.