Rooted,

You Can Persevere When Winter Seems Long

Spring Received a Frosty Welcome

Wednesday marked the anticipated first day of Spring, here, in the Midwest. Disappointed, we woke up to snow in Indiana. My little purple crocuses paid no mind to the frosty Spring welcome, poking through the icy ground.

And then, last week, an editor emailed me to say that her publisher hadn’t accepted my book proposal. The proposal, sent last August, had been my hope, like spring flowers waiting beneath the cold earth to bloom at the right moment. Admittedly, I cried for about an hour.

Persevere!

In my final email with the editor, she wrote, “Persevere!” She didn’t know it, but I was wearied by the time and energy required to build a writer’s platform. I was close to quitting.

Then, Wednesday morning, the first day of spring, I remembered the wisdom of Elisabeth Elliot when she said, “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”

On the phone, Becky, my friend and ministry partner, responded to my news about the rejected proposal, “Now is not the time to quit. Keep pushing forward.”

Stay Rooted in Hope

When I taught high school English, our administrator chuckled about the best month to require contract renewals from the staff. “No one would return if we required them in February!” Wisely, he waited and asked for renewal commitments in early April.

Like me, some of us feel weary, like spring has been delayed too long.

Too long for every heart that carries grief or discouragement day after day with no relief.

Too long for every mom who feels like she is failing a rebellious or unresponsive child.

Too long for every person suffering with chronic pain or illness that has no cure.

Too long for every person who didn’t get their big break or win the lottery or realize a dream.

For you, “Stay rooted in hope and persevere.” Staying rooted in hope requires a tenacious faith in the God of hope. (Read about my story of hope and perseverance in a difficult time.)

“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Romans 15:13 MSG)

 

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