I adore the first signs of Spring after a long cold winter.
It’s as if God himself is breathing new fresh life back into his creation. What was dead and brown is being replaced with tender green shoots emerging from the earth to greet us with a new season.
Spring says hello in the most beautiful way. Winter’s way is a bit harsh for me, although the first snow of the season does always bring fun and excitement. Spring’s hello is much more gentle and lovely in my opinion, almost saying, “I dare you to be sad today.”
With the new pink and white flowers on the trees like giant bouquets, new green grass crowding out the dead brown grass, and spring lillies emerging in gardens everywhere, it’s makes it nearly impossible to not want to soak up the sun, cool breeze, and mild temps that Spring brings.
After practically hibernating all winter, I finally see my neighbors again. Oh yeah, we actually do have people living next to us! Hello there, neighbor!
Spring stands in stark contrast with Winter. While we were used to finding warmth inside our house to take shelter and escape the icy temps outside, at the first signs of Spring, we are bolting out the door, eager to relish in the new Spring weather.
We spend most of our days outside in the spring, planting and tending to the garden, taking long leisurely walks, riding bikes, kicking balls, and even taking the “school work” into the outdoors.
It’s truly my favorite time of year and I welcome it with open arms every single April.
I think one of the coolest parts is that it coincides with Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ! It’s like God’s creation is testifying to the world the truth of the Gospel. Death brought back to life. Sin and death conquered. And a new life in Christ for those who know him as Lord and Savior. Simply beautiful.
And even though every single year, I am excited at the beauty of the new life that Spring brings, I am even more awestruck, amazed, and humbled at the work on the cross and the truth of the Gospel. Jesus, the Divine, coming to earth as a humble infant so that he may die in sinners’ place is more than I can bear. A gruesome undeserved death. Dark, bleak, depressing. He took on God’s wrath on his shoulders.
Just like the end of winter though, the story does not end there. Praise God I don’t serve a dead God. No sir. He did not stay dead, but conquered death and rose from the grave! He’s alive and well, proved that he was who he said he was, and made salvation possible through his death and resurrection.
I’m so thankful for the season changes and a fresh reminder of God’s truth. Welcome Spring! You have been missed. Thank you, Lord, for the greatest gift you have given me: salvation and a relationship with you!