There is an old wives’ tale about March. It says that March either comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb or visa versa. Of course, that’s not always true. I believe this saying indicates that March is a transitional month because it’s composed of two seasons. It’s officially the demise of winter and the budding of spring.
March has periods of cold, snow, wind, rain and grayness mixed in with periods of warmth, sunshine and blue skies. It’s a reminder that like March there are seasons in our lives. And that nothing, whether it’s good or bad, lasts forever and new beginnings are possible no matter how long you have lived or how dire you feel your circumstances are.
March begins with winter the cold, dead season. We all have those horrible things that happen to us, such as, poor decisions or perhaps a bad event occurs. We must live with the consequences or the aftermath of the event. Sometimes there is a difficult child, an illness or financial stress. Everyone has a season of cold and dark. We may also deal with feelings of depression and sadness as this period of winter drags on.
The good news is winter always gives way to spring. The dormant trees begin to bud, the brown grass is sprinkled with lively green shoots. God has used the winter to lay groundwork for the spring. While nature sleeps, it rejuvenates. Without this dormancy there would be no healthy growth. As March ends, colors burst into life and fills in the bland landscape. March closes on a note of hope – Spring has arrived ending winter.
When winters come into our lives, God uses it to grow something in us. It may be to grow our faith and trust in Him, to become more patient, or to come through a crisis stronger and have learned how to endure and cope. As we come through winter into spring, what has grown in us bubbles up and is now part of our landscape. The key is to remain hopeful and faithful to the Lord during our wintery season. It’s the sap that keeps us going through winter so that we can blossom when spring finally arrives.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.