Today's Verse

My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. — Song of Songs 2:10-12 ESV

Devotion

It's been a long inter season of your life. The cold rain and snow seemed to have everything locked up in a frozen embrace. It was a time of darkness and heaviness. It was a time of depression and discouragement. Everything important to you seemed to come to a halt. Everything that you wanted to move forward stopped where it was as the Winter season dragged on and on. You were beginning to wonder if spring would ever come. You were beginning to wonder if this was going to be a year without a spring and a summer.

Now, however, spring has finally arrived. The cold rain and freezing snow are gone. The flowers are starting to appear and the birds have begun to sing. The darkness and heaviness, the depression and discouragement of winter are lifting and the light and lightness, the cheerfulness and encouragement of spring are taking over from them. The possibility of things starting to move forward again seems very real to you now. The possibility of new things making an appearance seems real as well. It seems like anything is possible now.

A voice is speaking to you, the voice of the one you love. It's telling you to wake up from your sleepiness and slumber. It's telling you to arise from the inertia and deadness of winter. The time to get things moving again, moving forward again, has arrived. Ideas that you placed on hiatus need to be resurrected. Initiatives that you squelched need to be pumped back up. Satan had your life locked up in the frozen embrace of a prolonged winter, but the Lord has finally melted its icy grasp and set you free to serve Him again in fresh new ways.

Indeed, the voice is not just telling you to arise. It's also telling you to come away. Now is the time to take active measures to move away from the winter season of your life and to fully embrace the spring season.

Come away from your winter, then, and start the journey into your spring!