The season brings light and color not only to the world around us, but within our souls as well.
Springtime in the mountains of North Carolina is a delight. After a long and cold winter, those first few days of warmth just make a body feel good. I always know that spring is on its way when I see the first tender green shoots of the weeping willows in the meadow behind my home. That makes me smile because I know that in a week or two, I’ll see those long limbs of green swaying in the breeze like a grandmother’s shawl–fresh new life where bare branches were just weeks before.
Daffodils and tulips are usually the next to arrive, tiny bursts of color that are extra welcome after winter’s bleak landscape. Each morning I notice the changes from the day or week before—cheery yellow forsythia, pink azaleas and purple rhododendron blossoms. And when the dogwoods bloom, it looks as if the woods are filled with white lace. Oh my, God’s handiwork is spectacular!
Besides bringing joy and color to our lives, spring is a beautiful example of how God begins a new work in us as well. Here’s what God says:
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. (Psalm 92:13)
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. (Isaiah 42:9)
For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:11)
Pray this with me: Father, thank you for the new things you send that spring forth in my life. Help me to blossom into something of beauty for you. Amen.