2023 Break Free and Be Blessed
A collaboration with Cally Logan at callylogan.com
By Madeline Kalu
2 min read
“Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God,
for He has given you the autumn rains
because He is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.
The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm—
my great army that I sent among you.”
Bit by bit, piece by piece, the tender leaves are eaten away. The tender hopes, dreams, and parts of our lives that undergo targeted and forceful attacks by the Enemy. Doubts, fears, and intrusive thoughts – piece by piece, bite by bite, they seek to strip us of joy, fulfillment, and splendor in life.
Joel 2:23-25 is a promise to us of the hope that is introduced when God comes on the scene.
Whatever you have faced or are facing, stand firm that even the fiercest of invasive storms do not last forever and that there is always room for intervention by God. Just as the cold and barren branches look so lifeless and without any inkling that life could ever exist again in Winter, we do not doubt that within a span of weeks, new hope will again emerge in the growth of a budding leaf of Spring. In the same way, we can hold firm that Spring will come again: A new Spring and with it, buds of promise to restore that which has been lost, stripped, and destroyed.
Perhaps you have found yourself in a place in your life where you feel eaten away by locusts, or bare and frigidly lacking any suggestion of change for the better. Don’t discount what God is doing in the waiting, and do not limit God to predictability. We serve a God who is Creator: Just as He made you, He can restore you as well.
When God restores something, He brings it back in a way that not only feels new, but is actually better than when the locusts first scorned it.
Ask the Lord where He wants to pour out His Spirit of healing and restoration upon the areas of your life that have faced the invasion of locusts. Remember that His breath gives life to dirt and hangs stars in the sky.
Allow His breath to restore your life.
Cally Logan is a US History teacher and Senior Writer for Crosswalk.com. She is a small group leader for high school girls, and enjoys challenging her students to develop deeper relationships with God and to live fearlessly. She received her B.A. Degree from Regent University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature, gardening, and woodworking.
“In life, be a snowflake—leave a mark, but no stain.”