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This just in: We are all ready for the snow to stop falling and the ice to leave us for the year!

It seems like no matter where you go the crazy, unseasonable weather is all people are talking about. Click on social media sites and you are bombarded with people complaining about the lack of our beloved traditional spring.

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I get it! I really do. I love spring. It is my favorite season of the year. The chirping birds, budding trees and green grass bring a sense of hope after a cold and harsh winter.

We want what we want and when we wanted. We do not like to wait for anything. Delayed flights, traffic slowdowns, belated birthday wishes all leave us frustrated and irritated.

My favorite line from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" comes from one Varuca Salt. You know the line: “I want a pony NOW, daddy!”

Unfortunately, this same mentality can infect our relationship with the Lord. When I was searching for a job after graduating from college I didn’t want to have to wait. I had done my time. I had said my prayers for the perfect job and now it was time for God to deliver on my schedule.

Scripture encourages us over and over to cast our cares before the Lord, and Jesus himself challenged the disciples not to worry about tomorrow.

We pray for things and want immediate results. We respond in obedience to God’s instruction in our lives and expect an instantaneous reaction.

Certainly God can work quickly and often does respond to our requests before we even ask him, but that is not always the case. So what happens when God is late, at least in relation to our schedule? When God has missed the memo for our time line?

We can give up on him. We can stomp our feet and pout. We can malign His name to those we come in contact with or we can follow Paul’s lead in Philippians and release our anxiety and cares before the cross.

We can praise God for the amazing things that he has given us THIS day, and anticipate the work that he will do in us in the next season of our lives.

Spring will come. The lakes will open and flowers will be planted in the luscious soil of the lakes area.

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good, whether his schedule matches ours or not.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
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