Faith Renewed

Catherine Alles

Spring is a season like no other here in Wisconsin. In April and May green buds start to form on the formerly bare brown branches, the grass transforms from a tired brown to a lush green, and flowers begin to bloom. But there was that freak blizzard a few weeks ago on April 28th. It was quite horrifying to see the green buds on the trees and emerging plants covered in snow. It felt completely backwards! Seeing daffodils covered in snow reminded me of how I can sometimes feel in my walk with Jesus.

There have been times in my Christian life when I felt like I was frozen. Frozen by fear, guilt, selfishness, greed, or arrogance. Instead of blooming like I was created to, I was covered in frost and paralyzed. But just like the sun, God always comes through and shines truth back over my life, and if I turn my eyes towards Him and soak up his Word in the Bible I can be restored to life.

A similar plant analogy is used in the book of Hosea, chapter six, verse three:

“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

When we are born again, we need the constant reminder that God is the one who uplifts and sustains us. He is the sun that shines on us and the rains that feed us, allowing us to grow.

When we are born again, we have new life in Jesus Christ. We have an opportunity to turn around our lives and live for a higher and greater purpose. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

So, as the flowers outside come into full bloom and you have to start mowing your lawn, remember the new life you have been given through Jesus Christ. Just as a plant needs sun and water, we too need to be in God’s Word and in community with other Christians, learning what it means to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus and growing together.