The other day, as we (meaning my husband) shoveled back the snow from our house, I spotted this:
I was amazed at how, even though 2-feet of snow had covered these daffodils for months, they will were still pushing up from the ground.
How does that happen?
The truth is – nothing can thwart God’s plan. Nothing can hold back his growth.
Things may look covered by foot-after-foot of weight,
but he is still at work underneath it all.
When the time – is the time – his seed will grow.
When our hearts are ready – he will bloom us.
When our life is perfectly prepared – our beauty can be seen by all.
Yet, the deep freeze is part of the process. We sometimes have to endure the cold times to get to the warm times, blooming times. And sometimes we have to endure the cold times, to appreciate the warm times.
So, when life gets grey, dull and gloomy, this does not mean that God is not at work, because he is. Even if we can’t see what he is doing, even if we feel like we are buried under pounds of pounds of snow, even if it seems that spring will never come and our season will never change, God is always at work.
We don’t have to see it to believe it.
We believe it because he has promised it.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb. 11:1)
I have felt buried so many times. I have been buried under finances, under a promised diagnosis of MS, under relationship strains, under worries, under anxiety, under my past, under a hopeless future – my friends, you probably name it – and I have been under it.
Yet, looking back, I see that God was always growing me. He was always restoring what should have been dead.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Pet. 5:10)
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)
Whether the locusts ate it, the land froze it or
your heart buried it,
God restores, rebuilds and renews..
He renews the buds that are within and waters them to grow again.
Seasons come and seasons go, but God’s love endures forever.
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Kelly, you sweet cheerleader for Jesus! I am so glad I have found the sunshine of your blog! I need the reminders that God is so real and so present! Nan
You are a blessing to me Nancy. You touch my heart with love. I am honored to have met you dear one.
Love this post – we believe even if we don’t see!
“The truth is – nothing can thwart God’s plan. Nothing can hold back his growth.” || AMEN
LOVE TO YOU SWEET FRIEND!
Been praying for you… How did things go at the conference?
Thanks Danise. God is so at work – always at work. Things went really well at the conference. Doors are open! I have some refinement to do on my proposal, but I am very hopeful. Thank you so much Danise!
Yay! I knew doors would open for you!
The book proposal process is a detailed journey of what seems to be endless rewrites – however I have found that it is has been so very helpful to have a well planned and complete proposal the closer I get to publishing the finished book.
Always cheering you on my friend… your calling and anointing are secure in Him, Keep shining!
Love to you!
Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t tell you how much I needed this tonight!!
Absolutely Abby. I am so glad it spoke to needed places in your soul.
Thank you Kelly for the encouragement today. I feel energized by the words, “Whether the locusts ate it, the land froze it or your heart buried it,
God restores, rebuilds and renews.” He does, doesn’t He? Blessings to you this week!
I love how he is always rebuilding and restoring. How great our God is!
What a beautifully uplifting post! It’s during our dormant seasons – when there appears to be nothing but lifeless branches – that God deepens our faith roots and strengthens us in Him. Let the restoration begin! Thank you, Kelly!
Kelly this is so spot on for me right now.My church’s theme for 2015 is Restoration. All last week God was speaking to me about restoring and I am currently on a 40 day surrender fast and yesterday and today we were talking about restoration on our morning prayer call. God is doing a great work throughout all the earth and I am in awe to see how hearts are knit and joined together as we further His kingdom here on earth.
Such a good post for all of us, Kelly. Thank you!! And I am living proof that He restores, rebuilds and renews. Isaiah 61!! And I can’t help wanting more of His freedom and blessings. God. Is. That. Good!!!!!!! My love and prayers are with you, my friend…
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