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Springtime Hope

Springtime Hope

I remember when my grandfather passed away. It was about six years ago and he had been battling cancer for quite some time. During his struggles he expressed how great it would be to see his great grandchildren before he went home to be with the Lord. My wife and I were able to make it over to see him one last time with our young son and infant daughter at the time, and I remember seeing the joy in his eyes as he got to see the legacy that he had left in this world. A few weeks after that visit, my grandpa passed away. We all knew that his suffering was over and that he was with his Lord and Savior in glory, but that did not make going through the grief of loss any easier for us to endure.
Grief can often seem like pit that we fall into when we loss someone or something that means so much to us in this life. Much like a pit, it can be deep, dark, and lonely. When my grandfather died, I too fell into this pit, and I had striven for quite some time to find the light at the end of the tunnel. This light did come, and it came in the form of a song. It was from the Chris Rice song “Come to Jesus” that I learned about how Jesus can, and should be the focus in every area of our lives. Within the song he reminds his listeners “sometimes the way is lonely, and steep and filled with pain. So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then cry to Jesus.”
Springtime means sunlight, flowers, and the promise of warmer days ahead. It also means that there will be rain, storms, and plenty of dark clouds to dampen our enjoyment of the season. Life, much like springtime, brings both the warmth of favorable circumstances within our lives as well as the crippling grief which comes from the storms. God, being incapable of doing anything unloving, is also the one who causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, as well as send rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45). We can experience both under a relationship with God, but our hope to endure these things comes from Christ alone.
If you are struggling with grief or an affliction in your life, know that in Christ, it is just a season. When the fullness of Christ returns, He will raise those who accepted Him as their Lord and Savior and take them away to live with Him in glory. There, the sun will always shine with an “eternal springtime,” and the gray clouds of darkness and pain will never against cast their gloom upon anyone.