Weekly Devotional: Welcoming Spring

Young woman outside enjoying spring

After a cold winter comes spring, a season of new growth and renewal. There is a warmth in the air that we all have been missing. Spring offers us the opportunity to move forward and embrace new growth after a difficult or slow season. Welcoming spring means stepping forward into healing or embracing a fresh start.

In This Devotional:

After a Cold Winter

A cold winter leaves trees bare, plants frozen, and animals hidden away. Winter can feel desolate, isolating and lonely. Without the warmth, energy and life we see throughout other seasons, winter can become a difficult time for many of us. 

A cold winter can remind us of or represent a time of sadness or grief. For some, winter is when we may lack motivation or excitement for life. Whatever your winter might have looked like, there is hope that negative seasons will come to an end. 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17, NIV

There is no denying that our struggles can leave us feeling hopeless, like there may be no end to the problems we face. However, these times are temporary. There is a season for everything, and we are still being renewed and restored throughout our troubles. Even if winter was a tough time for you in some area of your life – maybe physically, mentally or spiritually – God’s promise is restoration.

Spring Renewal

After winter comes spring. What is more motivating and encouraging than warm sunshine and new life springing up around you? The changing of seasons from winter to spring can represent a shift in our outlook and mindset. 

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:18-17, NIV

Isaiah reminds us to leave the past behind us and see the new things that God is doing. He creates life where there wasn’t before and brings renewal to old and decayed things. We need to remember to leave yesterday’s troubles where they belong. We can look forward to each day as a new beginning. Embrace a mindset of positivity and hopefulness. Look around at the new life springing up from the ground and taking root.

Winter can create desolate landscapes where we think no life could have survived. We can feel burdened and brought down by unpleasant memories of the past. By welcoming spring, we are opening ourselves back up to fresh perspectives, new opportunities and the energy and motivation that comes with a positive change in our mindset.  

Are you looking for a way to welcome spring into your life this year by embracing change and new opportunities? Consider applying to an undergraduate program at Grand Canyon University and begin your college career on a campus that encourages student engagement. Fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a university counselor today!

Approved by the local outreach ministry coordinator of the Department of Spiritual Life on Feb. 21, 2024.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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