I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. Jeremiah 31:3-4
Winter, one of my least favorite words. The season is dominated by a lack of sun, frigid temperatures, hibernation, and clothes that cover too much! Just when I know I can’t take it anymore, the smallest of green begins to bud on the trees. It happened this weekend.
On Saturday, I woke up as normal. Got my favorite large mug and filled it with a drop of cream and the best tasting brew. I looked outside to once again see the sticks on all of my trees. No leaves were present and all was dry. Truly, the very next morning I woke up and did my drill. With the brew in my hands, I looked outside to see the smallest glimmer of green sticking out on one of my trees. The sticks were still present. The cooler temperatures still lingered around, but the hope of spring shouted from my tree in the form of a bud.
The life of a woman can reflect that very same scenario. One such woman, who lived many years ago, was named Gomer. The book of Hosea in the Bible tells the story of this woman who spent a long time in the drab winter of her life. Living as a prostitute, she was rescued one night by a man named Hosea. He married her and they had some children.
The rescued woman lived in a safe home, she was inexplicably loved by a good man and for awhile she was a good mother to her precious children. All was good … but she left. She went back to her life of prostitution. Time passes by and God tells Hosea to go find Gomer again and take her back into his home. He knew he would have to buy her as now she had been sold into slavery.
Can you imagine what Gomer must have been thinking? She left all that was good to go back to what was familiar, what was apparent freedom. She was now a true slave. She was lonely. I imagine she felt that all of the life had been sucked out of her. She had left her children and her husband. Gomer experienced that dark, drab, cold season of winter. As she walked up to the selling block, that familiar voice had to spark something deep within her soul. With the remnants of winter lingering, a small bud of hope began to grow. The spring was surely coming for this woman.
As I am noticing the coming of spring in my very own backyard, I wonder if possibly you are coming through a time of winter in your life? Has life felt cold? Have you been lonely? Are you having trouble feeling any life inside your soul? If so, your creator speaks your name today. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I will rebuild you.” With the battle scars of winter still present, hear HIS voice today and allow hope to spring the smallest bud. Hope is before you.
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Memorize Jeremiah 31:3-4. If you need this verse today, quote it over and over. If you don’t, keep it tucked into the deepest part of your heart, for you will at some time need it to spring hope in your life.
Jesus, thank you that you have loved me forever. Jesus, I need your rebuilding. Spring hope inside my soul this very morning so that with all of the dead parts of winter lingering, I can proceed with an eye on the future. Amen.
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