Spring is almost here!! How many days until the "official" first day of spring? Ask almost anyone and they can tell you! The countdown is on with everyone anxiously waiting for the first signs of tender green shoots and watching for that first burst of colour from spring flowers.
I am not a winter person. My favourite "winter activity" is sitting
by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Don't get me wrong - I don't hate
winter - I just don't like the cold. I do enjoy photographing beautiful winter
landscapes, especially after an ice storm when the branches are glistening in
the sun. BUT Spring is my favourite season.
By the end of winter, when all you see is muddy snow banks (yes, they are going
to melt!) and brown fields, I love to see the first patches of green and the buds
starting to form on the trees. The days are longer and the sun grows warmer
until, suddenly there is green every where. Birds are chirping and busy
gathering for this year's nests. Water is flowing (sometimes very fast!) from
the melting ice that kept it hidden through the winter. The surface shimmers as
it is steadily warmed by the sun each day.
Then the moment we have been waiting for - COLOURS! Spring blossoms burst forth
and display the brilliance they have held back until their moment of glory.
Their heads follow the sun, absorbing every ray of sunshine they can. As one
variety of flower subsides, another is ready for their grand entrance, tired of
being dormant and asleep. Soon there vibrant colours everywhere you look.
Beautiful! Spring has sprung.
Yes, I too am waiting for spring. This beautiful spring flower bouquet has
stirred my desire to see spring burst forth. It feels good. The rich colours of
these gorgeous flowers draw me in and shout, "I am alive and I am displaying
everything within me! Look how God has created me. Gaze in wonder at the intricate
design of my blossoms. Enjoy the beauty He has called forth from my tiny
beginnings. Marvel at the extravagance He has bestowed on me. No matter how
long I had to wait, I have now taken my place in this season and in His perfect
timing - never late, never early."
We can experience seasons in our lives as well. We like some seasons better
than others! Each season has it's purpose. Don't rush through and ignore the
season you are in as you anticipate the next one. It will arrive in it's proper
time. BUT don't lose heart in your winter season when everything looks barren
and deserted. Spring is coming! You can see the signs everywhere you look. You
can feel the days becoming warmer as it approaches. The Light grows with each
Never doubt that God is at work. When you look out and see those rolling white fields
with no colours in sight and no signs of spring coming soon, remember this: God's
timing is perfect. That barren tree will bud again. There are flowers just
waiting to burst forth. The green grass will return. How do we know? He has
promised us. The spring bouquet reminds us in the winter of what will come in
the spring and then in the summer as everything matures.
Spring is coming. Are you ready?