If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet
It is so true. Spring brings such excitement of all things new. I really love how God created our seasons to follow one another….each one has such unique gifts. But, it’s spring that we connect with new beginnings. Its spring that we celebrate our Jesus’ resurrection. The Lord could’ve chosen any other season, but He chose spring.
One thing that I especially love about spring is that is comes after winter. It really makes it that much sweeter. Gone are the gray days of winter with its naked trees and bitter winds. Gone are the days of barren ground and, yes, it must be said, laundry that contains layers of sweatshirts, t-shirts, thermal underwear…etc. Winter laundry is really the worst.
Now, we get to welcome in the longer days like an old friend. The windows go up, and we invite the breeze into our homes to rid us of winter’s dust. We get to say hello to the beginnings of buds on the trees, and tips of daffodils that have been anticipating the first warm days. And, yes, we start using the screen porch and the fire pit once more.
These days bring promise. Promise that we were not meant to live in winter’s dead days, but through Christ, we are made new. Like spring, we come alive with all the beauty that our Lord has to offer. Go outside with outstretched arms, breathe deep and enjoy our Lord’s creative gifts.
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:11-12