However there's also a down side to all of these blooms; allergies. So many people in the Phoenix area suffer with allergies this time of year, including me. :(
I guess there's two sides to everything.
I'm joining up today for a Faith Barista Jam. Bonnie gave us our writing prompt as: SPRING
I see with my physical eyes the desert blooming. Spring is a season of growth. I also see that spring is a season of spiritual growth. I choose to listen to the whispers in my heart.
As I look forward to Resurrection Sunday or Easter, the Lord is preparing my heart. I remember how Jesus spent 40 days in the desert. And may I remind you that this time of testing occurred right after Matthew 3:17
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."
Matthew 4:1-2 goes on to say:
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Can you imagine fasting for forty days in the desert?
Living in a desert I can tell you that water is essential for survival. Dehydration is a very real danger and can even cause people to become lightheaded and pass out. And yet that is when Jesus was tempted by the devil.
Despite being tempted in areas that I would have a hard time resisting, Jesus never gave in. Instead His response to the devil was to quote Scripture.
I have to admit that probably wouldn't have been my first response. Think about it for a minute.
- You're hungry
- You're tired
- You're extremely thirsty
- You're alone in the desert
As Jesus whispers 'spring' into my heart, I'm reminded that I can trust Him in the midst of my personal challenges in this season of life. During this time of testing I ask myself:
- Do I truly believe God's Word?
- Do I trust God when my life has been turned upside down?
- Do I look forward with hope?
- Do I remember how much He loves me?
- Do I realize that I am not alone and that He is with me?
After all, Easter is coming! Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross. But that's not the end of the story. If that was the end, my faith would be in vain. He rose to life on the third day and appeared to many. He ascended into heaven and now sits on the right hand of the Father continually interceding for His children.
I realize that He is with me on my life journey through each season. Spring is a wonderful reminder for me. I listen to His whispers in my heart. Therefore I can be ...joyful and hopeful.
Blessings and love,