April. What does this month mean to you?
Today is April Fool's Day. Perhaps you remember a trick someone played on you. I'm thinking about the weather fooling me with 3" of snow on the ground after 60 degree days enticed me that winter was over.
Spring. Although the season of spring begins in March, for my area the real signs of spring come in April. The bulbs come up through the lingering snow or crusted ground. The pussy willow buds appear as soft nubs at the ends of branches. Birds flock at our feeders and the familiar robins hopscotch through the yard. Peepers noisily call from the ponds and swampy areas. Leaves will soon emerge from seemingly lifeless trees. It's like the world heaves a humungous sigh as winter finally withdraws and new life rushes in.
Recently, a verse in Joel caught my attention in a devotional I was reading. It is right before the Joel Prophecy used in The Harvester Chronicles. Joel 2:25-27 reads, "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten..., My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame."
What 'years' have you lost? For many, Covid meant that 2020 into 2021 has been lost. All the hopes, dreams, plans, opportunities - gone. Lost.
God is ready to restore our lost years! Much like the spring gives us a renewal of life around us, God promises to restore us. He calls us to repentance in Joel 2:12-17, and then He responds by refreshing the land (verses 18-27) and finally by pouring out His spirit in Joel 2:28-29. These are the verses on which The Harvester Chronicles are based.
Are you ready to be restored? As He refreshes the land after the lost year of Covid, prepare for Him to pour out His spirit on all flesh!
For the Lamb!
Dr. Beth Lambert is a Pediatrician and Medical Director in Pennsylvania. JP Knights is the first film from her books.
Kevin & Lynn McAfee along with Jim and Rachel Gromer met to begin the script writing process for JP KNIGHTS the movie. Thanks for praying for the entire team!
Dr. McAfee and the team of GRP with Stephanie Musser met with city fathers in Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn to discuss strategies for shooting in Johnstown.