For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...-Ecclesiastes 3:1
Spring. A season of renewed hope and strength. That time of year when we shed winter coats in favor of light jackets... or more commonly, rain jackets paired with umbrellas. Everyday the landscape grows a little greener. There's a pop of yellow daffodils here and there along the road, and it catches your eye. Yes, this is a season of new beginnings... in many different ways.
About this time of year I like to start my daily trips among the flowerbeds. It's still a little too cold to clear away last year's clutter of leaves and twigs, so it's a great opportunity to just observe what's happening. It always amazes me how the small changes add up. Buds swell on trees and bushes, tips of leaves shoot up unexpectedly and unfurl to reveal their treasure. There is a special place in my heart for the hardy flowers that can withstand snow. Beautiful, yet tough, or maybe just stubborn.
The garden is not the only place undergoing change. My home, inside and out, is getting special attention. On the warmer days, the windows and doors are cleaned and opened to 'air out the house.' The walls are getting a wash-down, as is pretty much everything in-between. Winter coats and accessories are stored away, save a few; just in case. Any remaining reminders of Winter are tucked away, and nods to the new season happily take their place.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11
It's amazing how warmer days and more sunshine can help clarify your perspective. In this season of 'out with the old, in with the new,' I pray to be refined as one refines silver, and tested as gold is tested (Zechariah 13:9). It's good to know God's in charge... and that there's always opportunity for a fresh start, whether it be in your garden, your home, or in your heart.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -2 Corinthians 12:9