I have known it was coming. But there are overcast days in the depths of the winter when your heart is not sure of what your mind knows is true. Will it ever get here? Everything is brown except what is covered by white and we wonder. There are no buds on this tree….maybe it’s not dormant…maybe it’s dead. The grass has turned green under my feet 39 times but there was a nagging feeling that the winter won the battle.
One day last week I stepped out onto the deck in the early morning and I was startled. I was going through the motions and then was suddenly jolted to my senses. Have you ever been shocked into a heightened state of awareness because of something you didn’t feel? I expected to feel cold, very cold and was tensing every muscle in an effort to quickly re-close the door…so the cold air would not get inside. Instead….I held still, relaxed with the door wide open and just felt it. It wasn’t warm air that I was feeling….it was the absence of cold. The bitterness in the air was gone.
It was in that moment that I realized Spring had arrived and it had caught me off guard. I wasn’t waiting for it, looking for it or expecting it. The rest of my early morning quiet time was spent drawing mental parallels between the seasons that tend to follow the calender and the seasons of our lives that tend to follow our choices. Would there be a fresh awaking in my relationships with people I love? An absence of bitterness? Yes….it’s spring. Could there be a new life breathed into my business? What about my health and fitness? If my goals for 2013 are looking a little brown….will they turn green again? When God allows a long, hard winter…..isn’t the Spring even more beautiful?
Happy First Day of Spring! I wish you all a glorious season.