A NEW SEASON IS ON HER WAY!
Do you have a favorite season?
I'm the kind of girl who loves every season. I think each season has beauty worth celebrating; however, the past few weeks I may be reconsidering my summer and winter love...My poor body-thermostat has been wondering what on earth is going on?!
My husband and I flew home to Australia at the beginning of February for my best friends wedding (Congrats Jonno & Mel,) only to be greeted with a big sweaty hug from a gigantic heatwave.
Here's a picture my friend Jess snapped of us girls fanning ourselves at the wedding reception. We weren't trying to appear fancy, those baby fans were helping us circulate the air in what felt like a giant, (but very pretty) alfresco pizza oven. I have never been more in-love with a paper fan before in my life. It was over 45C and if I wasn't in my pretty dress I would have been tipping the ice water over my head like I did the week before at the hens party. Extreme weather calls for extreme measures.
Somehow I think it felt ten times hotter because we had just left a freeeezing Seattle winter. There is something about a sudden and dramatic shift in season that can totally get and keep your attention.
When we arrived back home to Seattle just over a week later, we were greeted with SNOW!!! My husband Jonathon and I live on West Seattle harbor, and so snow is not a regular occurrence but when it happens, it's amazing and gets everyone's attention. Especially my little Australian-born attention!
Seasons are beautiful and hard, breathtaking and challenging, taxing and rewarding, and ALL the things! But there is nothing quite like the change and shift of a season.
We are about to transition from winter to spring here in the United States. It will happen as soon as the Sun crosses the celestial equator later this month (or whatever that science is?!) What I know is, spring is on her way! The snow will melt and the flowers will appear in a breathtaking combination. It's like in Narnia when Aslan is on the move and winter's power is breaking. I love the scene where the first glimpses of spring arrive and Lucy and Susan glance at the flowers budding upon the snow filled trees.
The moment when the prophecy that Mr Beaver told them begins to come true.
"Wrong will be made right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again."
Oh, how I am totally in-love with this story, and have been from a child.
The thing is, when winter suddenly meets its end, it gets your attention. And in the best possible way. And the good news is: Spring is on her way! And not just for Narnia or the Northern Hemisphere, but for the Church of Jesus Christ, His glorious bride... For you!
Song of Songs 2:10-12 The Passion Translation says:
"Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling.
Come along with me!
I have come as you have asked
to draw you to my heart and lead you out.
For now is the time, my beautiful one.
The season has changed,
the bondage of your barren winter has ended,
and the season of hiding is over and gone.
The rains have soaked the earth
and left it bright with blossoming flowers.
The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived.
I hear the cooing of doves in our land,
filling the air with songs to awaken you
and guide you forth."
Can you sense it?
Can you feel the winds of change?
The Holy Spirit has tugged at my heart to meditate on this scripture for a long time, (through a long winter season,) and I feel the time is ripe. The time is NOW. I sense it prophetically over God's people. I can hear heaven shouting "SPRING IS ON HER WAY!!" Jesus - The Lion of the tribe of Judah has fought our battles, and winter has met its glorious death. I can see Pastor Chris Pringle declaring "winter is over!" in her beautiful and vibrantly prophetic way, as she did a few years back at C3 Presence Conference in Sydney when she preached on this very passage in Song of Songs. It was so anointed it has stuck vividly in my mind ever since.
Oh yes, winter has been rough, but the season is changing friend. Joy is returning, life is reemerging. The trauma of yesterday is melting away, and winter will become but a faint memory. 2016 may not have been your year. It may feel like its been a looong winter. But take heart again. God's promises remain. The rainbow is appearing after the rain. The new colourful blooms are covering the meadows of earth. Wait and see what God is about to do. Let this seasonal shift in the spiritual realms get your attention, and let it move you into thankful praise and expectation.
"Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers: "There is change in the air."
Arise, my love my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me.
Song of Songs 2:13 The Passion Translation