It's almost spring! Can you believe it? We're amazed at how quickly 2022 is flying by. With the changing of the seasons comes a new opportunity to assess how God is moving in our lives. In our opinion, each season welcomes a fresh new perspective and an opportunity to realign our habits with God's will. This spring, we're diving into the idea of spring cleaning, and everything that comes with it—a new start, new possibilities, and making space for something altogether new and unexpected.
Here are some spring perspectives and Bible verses we're taking into this new season.
1. He Is Making All Things New
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
Of course, you don't have to wait for a new season in order to turn over a new leaf, but we think there's something truly unique about spring. When you think about it, look at how nature informs us on this feeling of new growth and vibrancy. In this season, all of the plants that were once dead now blossom and bloom. Grass that was once brown is now vivid green. Trees are now full and lush with fresh buds and soft leaves. After a long, cold winter season, new growth is suddenly visible. A vast array of colors are now brightening up your neighborhood. It's a wonderful reminder of God's work in us.
Whatever season you were in before, even if it was marked by sadness or loneliness, you can take heart knowing that there is still more to come. In short, God isn't done with you yet! Look at the beauty that can erupt from a barren landscape. God is doing the same with you, too. Get ready for something truly spectacular, because He is making all things new.
2. A Renewed Sense of Hope
"Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." ~ Hosea 6:3
We had to include this verse, as it mentions how rejuvenating spring rains can be. This verse serves as the perfect reminder that He is with us. Just like the warm spring sun after months of dreary weather, we can count on God to fill us with a new sense of hope for the months to come.
Continue to seek His face, and continue to expect great things from Him. Even if things aren't going according to plan, you can take heart knowing that God knows exactly what you're going through and He has plans to brighten your spirit and renew your soul.
3. Making Space for Growth
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Ecclesiastes is a great go-to book for any little bite-sized nuggets of wisdom to carry throughout the day. In this passage, we're told how there's a season for everything. A season for death and a season for life, too. Again, we can't help but think back to winter here. Well, the good news is that springtime is a metaphor for new life!
Just as the verse says, it's the season to plant new seeds of growth in your daily rhythm. However, in order for growth to occur, we must make space and clear out all the clutter that isn't serving us. Consider what habits make up your daily life. Or if you want to get really specific, you can even think of tangible things in your life, like the clutter in your home. What objects or practices are aiding you in your apprenticeship to Jesus and which ones just take up space and distract you from what really matters? This might just be your opportunity to get some spring cleaning done and get super focused with your time (and your possessions, too!)
4. Let Go of Your Heavy Burdens
"Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!" ~ Luke 12:27-28
This passage comes from Jesus Himself, during His infamous chapter on resisting worry. Jesus is so clever here, because He knows exactly how easy it is for us to worry! For many of us, it's a daily struggle. We love this verse, not only for the springtime imagery, but also for its call to action. Jesus is showing just how much He loves us, and how we can trust Him completely. There is no need to stress over many of the things we concern ourselves with. This is an invitation to let go of our burdens, give them to Jesus, and for us to feel renewed.
At the end of Luke 12, Jesus says, "But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." Since we're tying this into our theme of spring cleaning, we can't help but see this as a call to simplify our lives. What's the most important thing we can do? Seek the kingdom and do His will. That's it! Sure, we may have a mile-long to-do list with chores and work things that must get done, but that should not be our primary focus. When we allow Jesus to be at the center of everything we do, we won't get as overwhelmed, because everything else is in its proper place.
An Opportunity for Renewal
It's a special time of year, and we hope you recognize the opportunity before you! This is the season to make space for what truly matters and adopt the habits and mindset that aid us in our Christian life. Just as new growth is evident right outside our window, so too is it available to you and me. This could be the beginning of a beautiful season for you. Be sure to take a moment to pray and consider what God has for you as you enter springtime. As always, check out our selection of our springtime Christian apparel, with collections featuring some of your favorite verses and imagery as a reminder of what He has for you.