Spring: Season of Hope

Smell the roses!  Ah…the beauty of the flowers of spring!  I can’t wait!!

Spring is less than a month away!  I am so ready for it to arrive.  I get this way every year.  Winter gets old pretty quickly in my book.  I’m over the cold.  I can’t complain about snow, because we’ve had almost none.  But, the dreariness of winter gets me down.  I’m always ready to feel the warm sunshine and be out in the fresh air without having to wear a coat.  There is something fresh about it…something freeing in being out in the creation that God has made and experiencing it first-hand.

Spring is Renewal

Spring has a renewing effect on me…my senses, my thinking, my heart.  I guess that’s why I look forward to it so much.  Right now, I can feel the draw of it.  I can sense the need for it.  I long for spring to arrive.

For those of us who live in parts of the world where all four seasons are experienced, this makes perfect sense.  For others, it may not be as powerful an image.  However, imagine going from summer…hot, dry, humid (believe it or not, I love that)…into fall, the cool, crisp fall mornings with the beauty of the color as the leaves of the trees paint the landscape.  From there, we are plunged into winter…harsh, cold, frigid, damp, dreary.  After spending a couple of months in the most severe display of winter, the promise of spring emerges.  We begin to see signs of its coming…a robin in the yard, buds sprouting on the trees, Easter flowers poking their heads above the winter grass.  It’s coming!

All of this grand imagery is a reminder to us of the faithfulness of God.  It’s a reminder to us of the power of renewal…the Spirit does His work in us to bring renewal.  There is the initial rebirth of salvation…spring arrives!  However, there is the “seasonal” renewal of the Spirit which refreshes, rejuvenates and replenishes our spirits.

When, in the course of life and its daily grind, we find ourselves in a “winter” season of the soul, it is then that we need…we long for…the spring of His Spirit’s renewal.  He brings us a youthful exuberance and lifts our spirits and graciously sustains us.

Thanks to God for His renewing power in our lives…hope springs eternal!

Psalm 103:1-5

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

For a little seasonal inspiration, you may enjoy watching/listening to this video of Beethoven’s “Spring” sonata for violin and piano.

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