“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given unto us” (Romans 5:5-8, KJ21).
In the spring, the simplest of plant life are the first to exhibit expectant life as their cell structure begins to change color and grow. The mosses and the lichens began to tinge with the slightest changes in hues from dormancy to nourishment to growth. What has been, releases its hold unto what will become. Life lying dormant under the bitter and cold comes forth as the promise of life anew.
Our living through the bitter and the cold, dormant under the force of the brutal endures as it patiently waits for the promise of living again. This is where faith gathers strength through hope for the future. What comes against faith is endured because as what faith have nourished and sustained in the past is remembered. What is remembered is the experience of the capacity of faith and hope begins to overtake the past.
As a new season beckons to come to us, hope which has carried us, holding out the promise of something new begins to show its promise is true. The color of life goes from the lifeless to the subtle hues of life. In the simplest of ways with the tinges of color, hope shows us the promise of faith is true because life has come again.
All of life is a gift in grace of our Heavenly Father and when hope blossoms in the spring after the harshness of pain and difficulty, we can smile with the assurance that our Precious Savior is bringing life anew as all promises will be fulfilled. Our hope rests not in false promises but in the glory of God and He is always steadfast and faithful in His love. Our hope in God is something we can always find joy in.
“Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2, KJ21).
Suggested Reading … Romans 5