February is to me, a transition month. We’re not quite done with winter, but signs of spring are starting to peek through. It’s almost the time of birthing of the new. I always watch for the first signs of plants popping up from the ground, and the Weeping Willow trees getting a bit of yellow green color in their branches.
Sometimes winter makes us weary – whether its the natural winter of the earth, or a season of “winter” in our lives. The good news is that seasons don’t last forever. If winter is almost over, then spring can’t be far behind. Even though we can’t change the natural seasons, I found that when I am in a “winter” of my life, I can “help” the spring come about faster by sowing some seeds. The seeds I sow are seeds of thankfulness, and they produce blessings. I have to admit this is not easy – it’s a choice that takes a lot of “pressing in” to be thankful when I would rather sit in a corner and suck my thumb, feeling sorry for myself! I wish I could say that I’ve gotten this lesson down……
Yet I find that when I do this, thankfulness multiplies into more to be thankful for. Like a snowball going down a hill gets bigger and bigger by picking up more and more snow, so does being thankful in the little things, make you aware of more and more to be thankful for. As a snowball going down a hill goes faster and faster, so do the blessings seem to come faster and faster as we thank God more in all things. Maybe it’s our awareness of how really blessed we are.
It’s similar to what happens in the natural when you plant a seed. One little apple seed can produce an apple tree with lots of apples, each apple having many seeds contained in it. Chapter 8 in Lessons I learned from the Lord goes into more detail about this.
One little apple seed can birth a tree of apples – from that seed comes the birth of many blessings of apples. Now when you are going through a hard time, try birthing some blessings by finding things to be thankful for – and then thanking Him. It may start out small, but hang in there – the final “push” is when you learn to see and thank the Lord for everything great and small. Then the birthing of blessings will come about. For those that have (thankfulness), more things to be thankful for will be given . Look for the good, and don’t stop thanking the Lord – it’s the final push that will birth all the good.
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