From our Director of Admission and Student Services in Memphis, Erica Johnson:
As we are watching the beautiful spring season unfold and bloom…the phrase “April Showers Bring May Flowers” comes to mind! We are definitely experiencing an early spring… and it’s such a beautiful visual reminder of God’s new life and creation and His ability to produce glorious transformations not only in nature but also in the lives of His children.
When we are following God’s plan for our lives- it becomes clear where He plants seeds and where the fruits of His labor blossom. While, seeds and trees require rain for nourishment and growth- sometimes the rain may come in the form of a spring thunderstorm which is par for the course of the changing of seasons- from winter into spring. Those storms can be severe at times; however, once those storms have passed and the sun is shining brightly- we can really see the beauty of God’s creation. As the trees bloom and bright colorful flowers blossom, each day becomes more and more beautiful.
God works in our lives the very same way…and often times, when we are facing our own personal storms… finding our safe haven in Christ and trusting him to take us to through the storm can not only test our faith, but tests our willingness to give up trying to control the outcome. He tells us in His word:
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
When we are facing tough assignments or feel like we just can’t meet a deadline… We must remember that we are on our own personal journey and God is working in our lives…we just have to give Him control and trust completely in His plan. When we are able to completely follow His lead, we will still continue to grow and be challenged; but when we come out on the other side, we will be transformed – and molded into the person God is shaping us to be. Living by faith, allows us to continuously evolve in our character…and allows God’s handiwork to shine through- so we will have our story to tell and God can ultimately be glorified.
7 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here! Corinthians 5:17