April 19, 2021 · by Whitney Gothra

My older daughter is five, and this year she has really grasped the concept of seasons. All winter she held out for spring. The moment our trees started showing a small bit of life was huge in our family--spring is coming! It’s here!

We moved into our home last fall, so this first spring has been a delight as we see all the various trees and bushes begin to bud and hidden plants spring up. My daughter delights in it. “Mommy, that tree is getting flowers! They’re PINK! Did God do that just for me?” (We have a long-standing tradition of thanking God for pink things around here. Ha!)

Watching as dead, dry-looking twigs erupt into white blooms and green leaves, I can’t help but thinking of our hearts.

Is that what it looks like? When God steps in and stirs up a new thing in us? Does God ever joyfully look at the angels and say, “See that dry and thirsty soul over there? Look how I am quenching and reviving her. That dusty, dirty heart? Watch as she comes alive with new purpose. I am doing a new thing.”

I can’t help but think God delights in the blooming of His children just as my daughter delights in the blooming of our flowers and trees. How unique each one is. How gloriously beautiful!

God does His best work in tender, broken hearts. What looks like dirt and dry dreams to us looks like the perfect positioning for seeds of promise to Him. Just as the trees are unafraid to release their leaves in the fall, trust the process in the winter, and erupt into blooms in the spring, so we can give ourselves over to the Creator. We can trust Him in this season. We can watch as He is faithful to bring glory from dust. Life from dirt. Beauty from ashes.

Where is He blooming you right now? What new thing is He stirring in you?

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:18-19‬ ‭KJV).

Whitney Gothra

About Whitney Gothra

Whitney Gothra and her husband Timothy have been married for around fifteen years, and they have three sweet and spicy girls, Ruby, Selah, and Marigold. They pastor the Apostolic Church of Wabash in Wabash, Indiana. You can connect with her on Instagram @theflourishstudio or online at whitneygothra.com.