Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Natural Beauty of Spring

When spring rushes in, it brings with it all the pure and flawless beauty that only awakening from a period of dormancy can bring about. The flowers come out in full bloom; perfect green leaves begin to show their tiny faces beneath exquisite and fragrant blossoms of fruit to come this summer; blades of deep green grass emerge from our winter lawns; tender seedlings spring from the soil as it warms in the lengthening sunshine. We can all feel it. It's a peace and hope of the newness to come. This is how spring feels to me.

But this season also brings with it moments of dreariness. Sometimes the skies are completely grey, the wind howls through the trees and our homes, and the rain will either entrench us in a drizzle or pour down upon us almost as if God was emptying his bath! These are the times we wish would quickly pass...."rain, rain, go away, come again another day!" We begin to long for the warm calm days of summer.

I know this will probably sound really juvenile but it is none-the-less true: "April showers bring May flowers." Stop and think about this nursery rhyme for a moment. If we never had these periods of warmth, rain, clouds, and wind, would we be blessed with beautifully strong plants through the hot and trying summer? Would we be as thankful for the long gorgeous days we experience in the summer, or would we simply take them for granted because they are so common? Honestly, and sadly, I must admit that I would probably not appreciate them as much if I did not first experience a need.

Spring is almost like the gray areas of life: that in-between place we don't like to admit exists. We like black and white...gray seems to just throw a wrench into our engines! Gray make things hard to plan and sometimes hard to foresee good things to come. But what I am trying to work on now is my willingness to just accept things as they come. Like the transition from winter to summer, facets must gradually change in order for the most beautiful elements to bless us.

It isn't always easy. Gardener or not, sometimes we just long for a day filled of warm sunshine, green, lush surroundings, no bugs, and a gentle breeze that skirts the fluffy clouds across the pristine sky! Bliss in our very own back-yard (or patio, or park, or wherever you find your garden:-)! I know I'm ready!

God revels everything in His perfect time. My anticipation and longing reminds me of Psalm

...The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain.
for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.

The Lord has everything under control. He has planned out how everything is to progress...perfectly! It's time I trusted His promises. This verse serves as a reminder to me: He cares for all, unconditionally!

So when those gray areas creep up on me and create a sense of uneasiness, I will remember this verse. God has always, and WILL always, care for us. Spring is a transition into summer...everything will work together to create something remarkable! I can't wait!


How does this make you feel? What kinds of things are you experiencing this time of year? Please share...I love hearing from you!

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