A Sign of Warmer Times to Come
My mom has always told me that when the crepe myrtles bloom the freezing temperatures are over for the winter. I look forward to a phone call in late winter or early spring and mom calls and says, "guess what, Bradley? The crepe myrtles have bloomed. You know what that means!"
Warmer temperatures are on the way.
As Christians we live in the already-but-not-yet tension. Jesus has come and rescued us once and for all, but He has not yet returned. Meanwhile today is another day, filled with struggles and wins, streaming tears and gut busting laughter. We get to enjoy the clarity of some absolutes in life, while plenty else is a contradiction or judgment call.
But we know something for sure - warmer temperatures are on the way. The cross of Christ grants us victory, not clean yourself up and act right victory - final victory. Jesus is coming back soon, though we know not the day or time.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
(Hebrews 11:1 ESV)
We have 'assurance of things hoped for.' We can bask in the comforting truth that though today may be a dog fight, hope can inflate our souls if we pay attention. In life we face blind corners all the time. The weather is outside our control. But if we know that the end result of our time on earth is nothing short of perfect, we can face blind corners, grief, and fear with optimism. It is because of Jesus' work that we may gorge ourselves on the hope of future promises.
Alexander Pope captured this hope in his poem, An Essay on Man:
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
So, my friend, if times are hard or just plain confusing, know that warmer times are coming. Death is not final - it is transitional. Jesus has already bought your hope with his blood.
Look ahead with eager expectation.