|Glimpses of Spring!|
Just the other morning I noticed the signs of life pushing their way through the soil in our front and back gardens. Tulips, daffodils and crocuses reaching for the sky. I realise snow could still cover them, but I also know that eventually they'll fill our garden with their beautiful blooms.
I say all this... and then I wake this morning to discover that winter almost in response to my hopeful words is saying NOT SO FAST.... the wind, the rain, the cold remind me that while spring will come, it won't come easily.
I think ministry is very much like this... there are times when you feel nothing is happening, where it appears all your efforts make no difference whatsoever. Then there are those days where you're caught off guard by the appearing of a shoot, a sign of something.
I remember Reuben Welch, in one of the many classes I took from him at Point Loma saying... "when nothing is happening something is happening, because God is always working." I like that and hold on to it, but to be honest I really love the signs of spring, don't you?