Last updated on May 23rd, 2023 at 03:40 pm

Be of good courage, and he will strengthen your heart, all of you that hope in the Lord.

Psalm 31:24 (KJV paraphrased)

If you live anywhere out west in the US, you may be thinking, “Is spring ever going to arrive?” As I write this on April 3rd, we have received yet another snow storm. Half of me says, “No complaining! We need all the moisture we can get.” The other half says, “Please, please, please, I need some sunshine and flowers.”

On the bright side, the ground finally thawed. On every nice day since January, I have rushed out to my garden and dug around in the ice pools hoping to see thawing in the ground. Finally it happened! Last week I was able to dig into the soil as the ice had all disappeared except for the really shady areas.

And then it snowed again.

However, isn’t that what spring is all about. Hope. Hope that everything is going to get warmer, brighter, and more beautiful. There is a hope that life is coming. It is there; I can see it poking through the snow and the ice.

Psalm 31:24 says, “Be of good courage, and he will strengthen your heart, all of you that hope in the Lord.” (KJV paraphrased)

I have to admit that this past weekend I was struggling. Really struggling. I was running out of hope. So many things were coming in to overwhelm me. It seems every time I turn around someone else is needing a part of me. I was feeling angry, frustrated, and very wintery in nature. I kept saying things like, “Why am I held to a higher standard than everyone else? When do I get my break? How come I am the one who always has to be doing something?”

This morning I happened to open my Bible to Psalm 73. Asaph was writing and he says, “God is good but my feet have slipped because I was envious of the foolish.” (paraphrased) Then he says that he is upset because others do not do the right thing but they are not troubled or plagued like other men. All of a sudden, I started to really pay attention to what I was reading. Somebody understood what I was saying!

Asaph was going through a wintery time in his life too. He was struggling to find the hope of spring; the hope that everything was going to be better, brighter, and lovelier. It is actually very comforting to find someone (even in history) who walked where you walked, thought what you thought, and experienced the same pain. Now I had to know. What did Asaph do to find the answer to his frustrations?

I read on to find the answer. Asaph says that he went to the house of God to talk it over with God. Then God showed him that other people did not get away with not keeping the standard and doing what they needed to do. It was all within God’s timing. Those people were not really sailing through life with no troubles.

Then Asaph said his “heart was grieved because he had behaved like a beast to God about this.” (paraphrased) Wow, like a beast he says. That was definitely me. I was behaving beastly toward everyone this past Sunday, including God. I was feeling very wintery.

That is where the hope of spring comes in. Spring will come! It may seem to be taking an extraordinarily long time. It may seems that you are the only one working hard, struggling along, and keeping it together. But the sun will eventually peak out, the flowers will start to bloom, and the warm air will drive away the cold.

Asaph decided that it was good for him to draw near to God because that is all that matters in life. That was where his hope lay. It is also the one on whom our hope depends. I would encourage you to seek hope today by drawing near to God and then spring can start in our hearts even while winter lingers outside.