Our spring weather this year has taken us on a roller coaster swinging from warm 70 degree days to several nights of hard frost.

But isn’t that the way life often goes? Things go smoothly, then there’s a sudden change followed by another twist and turn, dogged by another directional shift.

I noticed a small bud on the rosebush on the pathway to my house. With the anticipation of the cold front, I thought the bud would likely shrivel, not having the chance to bloom before the freeze.

The overnight freeze came. After two nights of it, I laid aside any hope of seeing the rose bloom.

Have you been in a situation where you have given up hope, thinking the worst possible scenario?

Hang in there. 

God is Emmanuel, the God Who is With Us. Even if we feel alone or downcast, when we refocus our thoughts on the Lord, we can know God’s presence. God is ahead of the curve that causes us problems.

God remembers your name.

In a crowded world of busyness and competition, God knows you.

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 NIV

He is faithful and has not forgotten you.

God is faithful to his promises. When people change or betray us, God remains faithful.

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:15–16a NIV

Persistence pays off with growth and a new beauty.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

Persist through the freeze and bloom in life, with the grace of God.

New blooms will soon appear!


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