Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Lord, End My Winter
These were his thoughts in "Morning and Evening" for Monday, March 21, the first day of spring:
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the band of Orion?", Job 38:31, AKJV.
"If inclined to boast of our abilities, the grandeur of nature may soon show us how puny we are. We cannot move the least of all the twinkling stars, or quench so much as one of the beams of the morning. We speak of power, but the heavens laugh us to scorn. When the Pleiades shine forth in spring with vermal joy we cannot restrain their influences, and when Orion reigns aloft, and the year is bound in winter's fetters, we cannot relax the icy bands.
The seasons revolve according to the divine appointment, neither can the whole race of men effect a change therein. God wills it and so it must be. He alone can remove the winter of spiritual death from an individual or a person.
Lord, end my winter and let my spring begin. I cannot with all my longing raise my soul out of her death and dullness, but all things are possible with thee. I need celestial influences, the clear shinings of thy love, the beams of thy grace, the light of thy countenance, these are the Pleiades to me. I suffer much from sin and temptation, these are my wintry signs, my terrible Orion. Lord, work wonders in me, and for me."
That expresses my feelings so well. I long for spring in my soul. I'm tired of the darkness, coldness, and numbness. For a long time I was comfortable that way. Now that I've been given a little light, the darkness makes me uncomfortable.
But as hard as I try, I can't raise myself out of that familiar stupor.Only God can as I yield my life to Him. Only God can issue a new season of life into my heart. I can feel it coming on a beautiful day like today.
My prayer for you, for me, for all of us is: Lord, end our winter and let our spring begin. Give us more of Yourself.