Thursday, March 21
Psalm 147: 12-20
Spring began yesterday. I think that of all the seasonal transitions, the one from winter to spring is the most emotionally powerful for me. The image of dormant, dead-looking trees and ground swelling and then bursting into bud, bloom, and leaf speaks of hope, joy, newness. A paraphrase of Psalm 147:18b puts it this way: "He [God] breathes on winter--suddenly it's spring!" (The Message) Something that was seemingly dead suddenly burst into life. Something that appeared to have no purpose, suddenly has renewed purpose and vigor. Those same trees that looked dead to us all winter will in a few short months carry delicious fruit that nourishes and gives life to birds, insects, and humans. Where does this sudden life come from? The roots. Those trees that were uprooted in last year's hurricane will remain dormant and dead looking, but the trees that stayed rooted in the midst of the winds and the rain will feel the tingle of new life again this year.
Many of us in the PTS community made a huge transition in coming here. We left family, friends, and familiarity to seek out what we believed was the call of God. If you are anything like me, it probably was and/or is very difficult. Perhaps it’s a challenge to find life and purpose. Perhaps you feel like a dormant tree, appearing dead and useless while you submit to the daily grind of school, work, or kids, wondering, “Is this really what God meant for me?” Please be encouraged. What appears lifeless may actually be a time of transition into a new life and purpose. Our Lenten lectionary theme for this year is Rooted and Grounded in Love, and I think that gives the best indication of how to weather the storms of transition and change, exams and deadlines, family pressures and church commitments. We must stay rooted in love--the love of God, love for our family, the love among friends. Love reminds us of who we are and whose we are. It reminds us that grace abounds and that new life is just around the corner. It reminds us that others understand and care, that we are not in this alone. So let us stay rooted and remember what the psalmist urged us to do, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14, NRSV)
Rachelle Gewecke, Seminary Deacon