There is now only 10 days of winter left. 10 days in our “wild winter”.
What a winter it’s been. Our renovation project has definitely taken longer than we expected. We were sick pretty much constantly from Christmas until the third week in February. The church is really alive and BUSY!
Those three things alone have equalled me being really tired. My exhaustion mostly surrounded taking two rounds of antibiotics to try to get rid of a case of strep throat that wouldn’t go away.
Literally as wild winter ends we will be hanging drywall at the new house and we will enter spring with some new hope that we will actually live in that place.
After pouring our hearts out to the world (well not to the world, but it felt like it), I was emotionally and spiritually drained. The Lord encouraged me that as I was entering my seasonal transition month of March it needed to be a March of Margin. So I’ve cleared my schedule of a number of things as I rest up for the next wave of what God is doing.
On Saturday I had some time with my Bible and I was reading about how Jesus calmed the storm in Matthew 8.
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
This story resonated so much with where I was at. The Lord had warned me about wild winter and said I was going to need to hold on to hope and press into him while getting through it.
But as winter has been drawing to a close, I started to feel like the wind and waves were getting a little intense. In my exhaustion I wondered if I was going to drown in burnout.
But then Jesus comes and SUDDENLY there is great calm! There is instantaneous breakthrough!
As I read this I felt the Lord say to my heart:
“This is the Spring of Suddenlies! You feel like wild winter almost knocked you out of the boat, but get ready because SUDDENLY I am going to move in with my commanding voice and you are going to see instant breakthrough in areas you’ve been believing for! You will see SUDDEN progress on the house, you will see people drawn to your church who are passionate about what’s going on and have a desire to serve. You are suddenly going to see marriages strengthened that have been struggling. Sudden physical healings! You are going to suddenly feel stronger in your physical body and you will suddenly be entering into things that you wouldn’t have imagined a month ago.”
Even as I write this the Holy Spirit stirs in my heart and I say HALLELUJAH, winter was hard but SPRING IS COMING!!!