January is the exciting, “fresh start” month after New Years. February doesn’t have anything to offer really, except dreary weather, which is okay if that’s your thing. For most it’s a real bummer. In March, however, we get to see a preview of spring, and it’s usually worth the wait. This year, at least, I think we can agree that March has been doing us a huge favor (no thanks to you, February). Being Washingtonians our moods and our lives often reflect that weather (or “wetter” as I like to call it), don’t you think? Complacency, passive acceptance of our circumstances, apathy, depression… Do you know how to tell the difference between a Western Washington local and someone who’s just visiting? Visitors use umbrellas, Washingtonians just get drenched. At best most locals will wear their fancy brand name soft or hard shell waterproof jackets, but lots of us just take it like walking sponges. Maybe that’s you. Maybe your life has been stuck in February and there’s no sight of March. Maybe Winter has settled in and Spring sounds just a little too optimistic to be real. You’ve soaked your fill of life’s rain drops and it’s weighing you down. Here’s something especially for you: Spring is coming.
There’s a story in the Bible often called The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and it follows the life of a Washingtonian. Well, that’s not true, but you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t know it, here’s the Spark Notes version:
A young guy takes his inheritance, forsakes his family, runs away and blows it all on wild living. Poor, starving and ashamed he returns home if only just to eat out of his father’s pig trough. Plot twist: his father accepts him with open arms, welcomes him back into the family and gives him an unconditional second chance at life.
Sometimes when things have been rough we stoop to scrape out of life whatever good we can, but that never satisfies. We’re so starving for the real stuff that we’ll settle for things that aren’t really fulfilling. Don’t eat the slop! At Chi Alpha we’re about the wholesome life; the Spring Time life that Jesus promises, and alone delivers. When you’ve found something this good, it would be selfish not to share it!
Come check out our large group meetings on Mondays at 12:30 in C103, our Women’s small group at 10:30am on Wednesdays and our Men’s small group, meeting up in the Student Union main lounge at 2:30 to see what we’re talking about. Whether you call yourself a Christian or not, it doesn’t matter. Just come.
If you are a Christian but still going through a rough season, March On. You’ve got a family here at Bellevue College and we’re waiting for you with open arms. Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, but that doesn’t mean you have to face the Februaries alone either. Don’t be passive. March On.