April 2019: The Season “In – Between”

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There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by. William Cullen Bryant

Spring is late in showing herself here in Western Montana, and this year she is determined to tease. Just as the welcome dripping of icicles from rooftops and the rare sightings of a few timid crocuses give cause for celebration one day, the following day turns gray and chill and a wild flurry of snowflakes cover their tender blossoms. But, such is spring here in the Rocky Mountains. Right now we are in the season between winter and spring – Mud. But before we know it, we will awaken to verdant fields covered with wildflowers and a rush of water flowing from countless mountain streams into the river at the heart of our valley.

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Perhaps you too are experiencing a similar challenge in your life – An ‘In Between Season’. You know that spring is just over the horizon and even have days sprinkled with bright and sunny moments but alas, the clouds move in and gray clouds of worry cast their shadow and the dampening winds of sorrow, angst or regret tear at the tender blades just beginning to appear. Aren’t those the times that we feel most vulnerable? When it is nearly impossible to sing – the times that we are most in need of a dose of joy.

All true happiness, pure joy, sweet bounties, and unclouded pleasure are contained within the knowledge and love of God. Said Nursi
When I find myself in one of those dreary in between seasons – that is when I am most in need of a friend. Someone who will come along beside me, in spite of the damp blanket I bring to the friendship. A good friend is like that – Loyal, faithful and who loves unconditionally. It is a rare person that fits that description but if you are lucky enough to find such a friend you are indeed lucky enough.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NKJV

Personally I am lucky (blessed) enough to have many such precious friends in my life – a wonderful husband and a number of sisters, both genetic and spiritual, of which I feel comfortable calling on in a time of need. I too make whatever effort I can to be that kind of a friend.

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverb 18:24 NKJV

There is one friend that I know I can always count on to lift my spirits. A constant companion that promises never to leave or forsake me – Jesus. What a privilege to have such a friend – the best and truest, highest friendship. And He is The Friend that I love to share with as many as will open their hearts to Him. Won’t you take the hand of friendship that He is holding out to you today? It is as easy as that – reach out your hand, open your heart and He will NEVER disappoint, leave or forsake you. He is the best friend you will ever have.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 NKJV

 

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