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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Breakthrough

It's what many of us are saying in the middle of February when we are sick of the cold weather and grey skies. 

"I need Summer, NOW!" 

We are waiting for a change in the season.  We are looking forward to it as we stare at our swimsuits and sandals that have been tucked away for so long. 

"How much longer must I wait?" we say.  But we trust that the shifting of things will come and soon we will be sun-kissed and warm.

Yet, many of us know that summer doesn't come in quietly.  In fact, it can be downright disturbing.  Thunderstorms fill the meteorologists' forecasts.  They say, "Well, summer is fighting its way through in a tumultuous way.  Expect the shift of season to be unsettled, but be encouraged that on the other side of the storm is the beautiful season we have been promised and have been looking forward to."

We relate to this in our lives.  The waiting out of winter.  The longing for warmer times.  The long-suffering.  We hold on even as we say, "How much longer must I wait, Lord?"  We remember that God is working things in a wonderful timing and the shift of things will come.  We hear him say, "Be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord."

But the shift can be unsettling. 

When God moves and begins to break us through into the new season, it can be in the wake of a tumultuous forecast.  Trials come in like pop-up thunderstorms and it suddenly becomes the catalyst to a Change or an Awakening.

So we do not fear the Storm.  Instead, we look to the Creator of all forecasts and are encouraged to know that on the other side of the Storm is the beautiful Season we have been promised and have been looking forward to. 

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