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Springing Forward

On March 13th, we lost an hour of sleep after setting our clocks forward for Daylight Savings. After that, we had the official arrival of Spring on March 20th with the Spring equinox. For me, the real signs of Spring are found in the awakening glory of God's creation, as flowers bloom, trees blossom, and our senses are filled with refreshing wonder!

Spring is a time for nature's refreshing! What about the refreshing of our spirit? Peter teaches about spiritual refreshing in Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” It should be simple enough to understand that we need to first make some changes “repent...and be converted,” before the Lord will provide the “times of refreshing.” If you are reading this, and you are not a Christian, wouldn't it be a wonderful thing to let God take away your burden of sin and guilt? Allow these words to encourage you to talk with a Christian about what you need to do to be saved. Please do not delay.

Another aspect of the Spring season is the beginning of clear days when we feel the warmth of the sun. Although this is a gradual process in the Pacific Northwest, we still rejoice when we experience such days. II Corinthians 7:10-11 reveals the type of “clearing” that can be accomplished when Christians repent, “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. Sin will always bring sorrow, usually sooner than later. The Corinthian Christians acted upon their godly sorrow and repented. A clear sunny day is a beautiful thing. Having a clear conscience before God is far better. Right now would be the best time for Christians to clear things up, if needed, and escape “worldly sorrow.”

In the Spring, as days grow longer, light wins the battle against darkness. Let us allow God's light to shine all around us, so that those who are lost can find their way to His saving grace. The apostle Paul provides an excellent comparison of physical light and spiritual light in II Corinthians 4:6, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Paul has done his work of letting God's light shine upon a world in darkness. Now it's our turn to let the glorious light of Jesus Christ shine upon others. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16

Let's spring into action!