Are You Stuck In Winter? Here Are Three Ways to Break Free.

Spring is here and most of us are ready for some warm weather and the change from winter to spring. The dogwoods are in bloom, tulips look beautiful, and I’m ready to put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.

As I think about the change in seasons and how much enjoyment this brings, I can’t help but think about spiritual seasons. Spiritually, I wonder how many of us are stuck in winter and can’t seem to find the beauty of spring.

In the book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis uses this phrase; …always winter but never Christmas. Spiritually, do you ever find yourself in this situation? In other words, do you find yourself locked in the cold of winter but never experiencing the joy of Christmas? Never experiencing the joy of knowing Christ. Never experiencing the fullness in life that only comes from a relationship with God. For some, it’s always just a spiritual winter. I hope this doesn’t describe you because this is certainly a miserable position in life.

If you are spiritually stuck in winter, here are three ways to get to a joyous spring:

Release control of your life to God: Recognize that if you try to keep the control of your life you set yourself up for a life of spiritual winter.

Spend time reading the Bible: You can’t move into a new season if you have no way to listen to God.

Cultivate your prayer time: Communication is a two-way street. Just as you need to listen to God, you need to spend time talking with Him. Tell God how you’re feeling and ask for spiritual direction. Prayer is powerful.

As spring is upon us, will you consider your spiritual season today? As the flowers bloom this spring I am reminded of the verse in Luke chapter 12 that says this:

And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Knowing that God cares even for the flowers, won’t you allow Him to direct your life? Develop your relationship with God and watch your spiritual life move from a cold, drab winter to a warm and exciting spring.

Stuck Again?

This weekend I got my car stuck in the mud.  The more I tried to get the car out, the deeper it sank.  I tried the usual approaches but my car simply sank deeper and deeper.  I tried all sorts of things to get the car free. Of course the ideas were brilliant and creative but after trying each new idea the wheels on my car would only spin faster…still stuck in the mud and digging deeper.  Finally, I realized I couldn’t fix this on my own.  I tied a rope to my car and using a second car successfully pulled the car out of the mud.

As I was thinking about this I couldn’t help but think about our daily lives.  Have you recently found yourself stuck in the mud?  You didn’t expect it but suddenly something happened in your life that took away your control.  One moment you were happily driving along in life and the next moment you weren’t going anywhere.  The harder you tried to fix your problem the deeper you sank.  You have tried all sorts of good ideas, each time just certain that each idea would fix your problem.  However, with each different attempt to fix your life, your emotional wheels simply spun faster and you found yourself in the same position.  In fact, all your attempts to fix your life problems only dug you deeper in the mud.

It’s time to admit we can’t do everything on our own and to start relying on God.  Go ahead…tie your rope to Him and let him guide you through whatever situation you are facing.

I John 4:4 tells us, The Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.  We don’t need to live our lives struggling on our own.  Allow God to guide you through life.  God hasn’t promised a life without mud but He has promised that He will always be there with a rope to help pull you out of difficult situations and guide you throughout your toughest times.