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3.31.19 – Spring Cleaning

“…Winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of Spring.” – Madeleine M. Kunin

This morning I am filled with gratitude….

He is faithful. He is so faithful. Faithful to protect, faithful to teach us, faithful to keep His promises, faithful to prepare us, faithful to remind us, faithful to show us what we need to be shown, and He’s faithful to do everything that He does in this most loving, beautiful kind of way.

“There is something infinetely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and Spring after Winter.” – Rachel Carson

It’s time for “Spring cleaning” –that time of year when we can open up our windows and let the fresh air carry through the house — Spring winds that carry out the dust. It’s a time of refreshing, a time of cleaning out any residue of Winter. A time of renewal.

“Spring is the usual period for house-cleaning and removing the dust and dirt which, notwithstanding all precautions, will accumulate during the winter months from dust, smoke, gas, etc.” -Isabella Beeton

spring cleaning:

  1. a thorough cleaning of a house or room, typically undertaken in spring.
  2. clean (a home or room) thoroughly.

It is said that this tradition originated from the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning the home in anticipation of Passover.

I love to look into “Spring cleaning” in a deeper way…

I love how our Father teaches us. How His lessons are from the most loving heart. How He is faithful to reveal things to us that we need to know, when we need to know them.

When we trust in Him, when we ask for His guidance and follow His steps, He will lead us into a time of learning to grow us, to strengthen us, to enrich us.

…And sometimes He will allow us to walk right into that nearly invisible spider web.

But why? “How could He do this?”

For us to experience it and learn valuable lessons– Lessons that can impact our lives in such a deep way, that probably can’t even grasp at the time.

But in all of the flailing about, trying to see what is happening, trying to free ourselves of the web, we can know, that when we are living within the safety of His shelter, when we are walking with Him, He will not allow the spider to harm us, we will not be overtaken.

This doens’t mean the learning experience will be easy and painless, but we will be protected when we follow His lead. We can trust His process — that it is for good. His plans are not to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future!

Psalm 56:13: For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

And then the beautiful, revealing reveleation that comes when it all starts coming together — we see everything that He allowed to happen, and we feel so deeply loved because we can SEE His heart for us through it all, we’ve experienced His heart. The heart of a loving Father who wants only the best for His children. A Father who wants His children to grow strong.

Then after walking through that pesky spider web in the path, we see it –and we get our duster and with the Lord, we tear it all down, we wipe it out of our way, and we keep moving forward. ?

“And hope, if it had a scent, would smell like Spring, like rain, like something new and alive.” – Jennifer Rush

Lord – Thank You for your wonderful, mysterious, and most loving process. You have good things in Your heart for Your children. ? You’re a good Father.

–Heather ?

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