Like most people on the eastern side of this country, I am ready for spring. I wondered last night what Groundhog Phil’s predictions for this year would be, and was kind of disappointed to discover that our furry little friend is predicting another six weeks of winter! (Thankfully, he’s only been right 10 times since 1988 – perhaps he will turn out to be wrong this year!?)
As I outwardly await the spring season, I also feel like I have been inwardly awaiting a season of newness. The most obvious area to which this applies is in the ‘trying to conceive’ journey that my husband and I have been on. But this desire for change also applies to a hoard of other things – I want to grow intellectually, professionally and academically. I want the time to be more involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities. I want the mental space and freedom to cultivate my spirituality. I need the energy to continue my pursuit of personal hobbies, such as reading, studying languages, writing, and learning about religions. In general, I have been feeling stagnant despite my best efforts to take the initiative and make changes in my life.
But all is not lost.
As you may know by now, I spend a lot of time reading not only the Bible, but the sacred texts of other religions as well. One of the ways in which I feel that God speaks to me happens when I find themes in two or more of the texts that I am reading. Last week, I posted my thoughts about verse 29 in the Tao Te Ching, and those thoughts have been sandwiched over the past two weeks with verses from the Bible that have stood out to me during my reading time.
“Why do you cry aloud – have you no King?” (Micah 4:9)
“Sometimes things are ahead, and sometimes they are behind; Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily; Sometimes there is strength, and sometimes weakness; Sometimes one is up, and sometimes down.” (Tao Te Ching, 29)
“He makes everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
I feel like these past two years have definitely been a time where things are behind, breathing is hard, there has been weakness, and I have been down. But I shouldn’t despair. Perhaps I may have to wait another six weeks for spring to arrive.
But I have a King, and He makes everything beautiful in its time.