Grief has its own rhythm. Always present but sometimes silent. Sometimes still.
The sudden crescendos still surprise me.
But if I wait, I know now that it will fall again into an easier pattern. If I wait, I remember enough about morning joy. I remember how it follows even the darkest night.
So much of life is waiting, and sometimes it is the waiting that changes us most.
Is it hope that allows us to wait well? Hope–the seed sitting down in the darkest, coldest dirt. The winter bulb, dormant and unseen.
This winter feels harsh in many ways. Life goes on, but the memories gather like an unruly crowd that refuses to disperse.
It grieves me to remember. It grieves me to forget.
My heart feels cold and hard some days, like winter soil. I’m grateful for the pulsing warmth I know is there. I count on hope to remind me of spring.
I love to think of God as the Gardener. The Planner. The Overseer.
He works the soil with patient foresight. He understands the process of bringing forth something beautiful from its depths. He plants and prunes and rearranges.
Our view is darkness and struggle. His view is bountiful fruitfulness. Our view is coldness and stagnation. His view is warm beauty.
He sees the spring.
If we could only open our eyes in the winter harshness to the coming spring. If we could stop resisting the difficult, stretching work that is being done deep inside.
If we could wait. Wait patiently.
The Gardener knows. His gentle hands are not weary with the work of it. He sees in His mind’s eye all the glory of the harvest, all the lushness of the finished rows. He sees His finished work.
He makes it good.
And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. John 15:1