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I was taking a good Sabbath walk around my property yesterday and it was probably as good as any devotional time I could have had with God. It’s Spring and soaking in its beauty was as restful as soaking in a tub.

The scents and colors of the budding lilacs, the hope of the apple blossoms, the explosive crabapples and even the promise of the wisteria conspire to take us down the road of grace.

Just several weeks ago, all of these same trees, bushes and vines seemed lifeless. Much was invisible thanks to persistent snow. But today, you need a machete just to walk through their boisterous growth.

We can’t move south in our spiritual lives. There is no escaping the ‘lifeless’ seasons. It happens to all of us. Perhaps God is graciously dealing with one or more particular issues in our lives and the lessons keep repeating themselves like a good professor. These winter tests never seem to end.

But someday, the cooperative pilgrim will be able to take a Sabbath walk around that same part of life and be enthralled by what The Good Professor had in mind all along. Winter seems so long that its hard to imagine the snow melting, no less the intoxicating visual and aromatic cacophony that’s displayed after that same Teacher filed those harsh exams.

The clincher is that other people will be drawn to take a stroll around our ‘grounds’ as well.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-33

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