The Hope Of New Life

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Spring has been a long time coming this year.

I think that has been true for many places.  Certainly here, by the time March comes around there is normally the expectation that spring will follow quickly- warmer weather, maybe a bit of sunshine, flowers blossoming, signs of new life springing up.

Not this year.

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March began with our heaviest snowfall for eight years.  (In the photo it’s just getting started!)  Life ground to a halt for the best part of a week as events were cancelled and travelling any distance became impossible.  Even into April, snow disrupted everyday activities at times.

But over the last couple of weeks, it seems like spring has finally broken through, and the bright sunny days and spring flowers blooming are all the more beautiful for the long wait.

There is a sense of hope that the cold, dark days are gone, at least for a while, and that summer is on the way.

And that’s not the only place I’ve seen new life this week!

At a youth event on Friday night, I had just finished praying for someone when two girls I knew approached me.  They were both beaming from ear to ear but seemed slightly tongue-tied.

One of them finally managed to get the words out to tell me that her friend had decided she wanted to become a Christian!

After briefly chatting to the girl, making sure she understood what she was doing, I was able to pray with them both.  They couldn’t stop smiling, and left full of joy.

I could hardly stop smiling either.  New life had blossomed before my eyes and it was amazing to see.  It was also such a privilege that they had sought me out to play a part in that.  There was the same feeling of spring coming after a long, hard winter.

In the work I do with young people, a big part of it is preparing the ground.  It’s teaching them about the Bible for the first time, it’s shattering misconceptions they may have, it’s helping them to discover what Christians believe and allowing them to begin exploring that for themselves.  It’s valuable work, but you don’t always get to see a lot of fruit.

A lot of the time you’re planting seeds and praying that, in God’s time, they will grow.  There are times when you can sense that God is doing something, and that there is growth happening beneath the surface even though it’s not yet visible.

There are times when you get to hear later of the impact your work has had and see that God has used it.

And there are times, many times, when you have no idea, when you just have to keep playing your part and trust God to do his work.

But there is something special about those rare moments when you’re actually there as  that little shoot of new life pokes its head above the surface for the first time, and all at once the growth is obvious and indisputable.

As I prayed with the girls on Friday night I was overjoyed at what God was doing, but also encouraged at how he had used my work and the work of others as part of that.  I knew how much time and energy and prayer had been poured into work with these girls.  I knew that at times it had been tough and there had been opposition and the temptation had been to give up, but I’m so glad we kept going!

Those are the moments that make it all worthwhile, that remind you why it’s worth persevering through the winter, no matter how long and hard it is- because spring is on the way with the hope of new life, and there’s nothing more beautiful!

 

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36 thoughts on “The Hope Of New Life

  1. Lesley,
    What a joy and privilege to actually lead someone in prayer to accept the Lord as their Savior. Most of our time is spend tilling the ground, planting the seeds, watering them and waiting for them to sprout. This is ALL crucial Kingdom work, but Praise when you get to be part of opening that life-giving door!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  2. I’m so glad you are seeing signs of new life, Lesley, especially new spiritual life. Thank you for hanging in there to work with the youth. I’m sure it can feel discouraging at times. I’m grateful God gave you such a gift in having a special role in His work in the heart of this young girl! Love and hugs to you!

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  3. Praise God for the joy and miracle of salvation! What an awesome position to find oneself, mid-wife to another soul’s spiritual birth.

    Beautiful, Lesley! Praise God for your tender, compassionate, bold ministry.

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  4. Okay, seeing your picture stops my complaining dead in my tracks. ha. I have nothing to complain about. 🙂

    You are a wonderful woman to prepare the ground with young people. Keep it up! We need Kingdom builders like you, Lesley.

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Lisa! And your reaction to the picture is exactly the same as my reaction to another picture I saw last week from someone who had about twice as much snow as we did!

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  5. This is so encouraging! I spend quite a bit of time pouring into young people, and when there’s a major moment of breakthrough, it’s absolutely thrilling! May you continue to invest, and may you trust that even when you’re watering seeds in unseen places, God is doing deep heart-work! Thanks for inspiring us all with this truth today!

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! Blessings to you in your work with young people too. It is hard work, but it’s so encouraging when we see how God can use it!

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  6. I LOVE this story! How did I not know or remember you worked with young people? It’s funny, I don’t have an official ministry, but somehow the Lord brings them to me. And I have a passion for encouraging young college- age and post college girls. Really one of my favorite things. Praying now for this young woman you led to Jesus. What a lovely story.

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! I have written a bit on and off about my work with young people, but it’s not a regular topic here! I love that God is bringing you these girls to work with, even though it’s not an “official ministry”. I’m sure you are a huge blessing to them. Thanks for your prayers!

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  7. Spring is not only a time of new beginnings but it sounds like you experienced some of your own. We never know when a seed we have planted will begin to sprout and grow. I can just imagine what a blessing it was to be part of that moment with those two girls.

    Happy Spring to you!

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  8. Awww, Lesley, there’s s something awe-inspiring about being a part of praying with someone to receive Jesus into their lives. I bey it’ll be amazing to see, when you get to heaven, who God impacted through you. Thank you for the reminder of how important it is to keep fulfilling the role God gives us in this life.

    I loved reading this!

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  9. I understand every bit of this Lesley. Yes, what a privilege to see the results of seed planted. I’m so thankful God encouraged your service to Him in this way and I’m thankful you’ve answered the call to plant the seeds whether you see the harvest or not. The harvest is His. Bless you, my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I’ve missed you over the last couple of months. It’s lovely to see you back here again! And that’s wonderful about your grandchildren. I’m glad you were able to be there. I’m sure it was a great celebration!

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  10. What a beautiful take on “spring,” Lesley. And, praise the Lord for this precious young soul becoming a sister in Christ. What a joy for you to be able to play a part in Kingdom birth. — And, thank you for your kind words today. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you better through #ChasingCommunity. Thank you for sharing at the table each week, friend. I’ll still be there writing in that space, so I hope you’ll pop in when you’re able, and I’ll do the same for you. God bless you! xoxo

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  11. I love how God gives us glimpses here on earth of all we’ll find out in heaven! Praise God that you have developed relationships with those girls and that they wanted to make you part of their journey!

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