We are now making our way through the month of April! Spring is here and with that comes rain showers that help to saturate the ground with the much needed moisture that will enable plants to grow. You’ve heard the saying “April Showers bring May Flowers” and you’ve seen it come to pass. Once a rain soaked April exits, a warm and colorful May arrives with a myriad of beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see and the leaves of every tree sporting thick, healthy leaves, filling in the spaces that winter helped to create.
Does this happen overnight? No, it’s days upon days of rain mixed with sunshine, a much needed combination for plant life to grow. Plants need the sun for energy which plays a vital role in the process, photosynthesis. Because of the sun and the energy they derive, they can grow and thrive. Without rain, a plant would die, it’s root system disfiguring, thus the wilting effect occurs. Water helps to drive key nutrients from the soil into and throughout the plant. Water also helps to regulate the temperature of the plant through the photosynthesis process and is stored in the roots of the plant, moving up to the leaves as necessary.
At The Salvation Army, we meet many individuals who are wilting from the burdens of life. Financial, personal, relational situations can deplete and pull from us in ways that disable us from truly living or believing we have any worth. Through the various programs we offer, we strive to provide the necessary “nutrients” to those who seek our help. We encourage them to be patient, that changes don’t happen overnight but soon enough they will see their lives bloom right before their eyes and they will never be the same. We pour into them with love, compassion, understanding, resources and tools. We allow them to not only see their true potential but realize it. Our Life Skills Learning Center offers free classes to our community that can help someone get back on their feet and reach new heights of personal development. Computer classes, resume writing, job readiness, GED are among many of the classes offered. Our Transitional housing program for single men, single women and families offers a refuge and opportunity to those who would otherwise be homeless; enabling them to find stability and the chance to pick themselves back up, readjust and eventually transition from our program to a home of their own.
As the rain falls and the clouds roll in, it’s difficult to muster the energy to celebrate, to dance when it feels like the world is caving in around you. The good news is, the rain will pass, the clouds will depart and the sun will shine. So go ahead and find the joy in the rain, trust and believe that you are growing and that your breakthrough is right around the corner. God has you in the palm of his hand!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11