Speaking of season, I wish my sponsor children could step into a real North Eastern United States springtime! It is so lavish with life. The great outdoors teeming with warmth and color, and gracing it all, there's a breeze that refreshes the soul. Jamie and I took a walk on one of our favorite trails recently...and I felt the signs of spring all around me- signs of hope that warmth would return and bright days would be ahead. Last year, in a way, we felt like we missed out on spring, due to my recovery and Jamie's bout with cancer. We spent most of our time convalescing inside...but those days when we could get out and take walks (both of us hobbling around- we were quite a sight to behold!), the fresh air revived our souls like never before. It was really our one highlight if we could get out and take a walk. There is something about God's creation that is so healing, so filled with hope, especially when it is the spring season which births incredible life again!
This spring, my spirit stirs within me, with an expectancy of all that is renewed and all that is born again. With my window open, I hear birds singing. Yesterday, I even heard cicadas singing at the park. There are buds outside our kitchen window that have opened in the past few days and begun to bloom (I believe it is a tulip tree!) The beauty of these blossoms has captured my attention. The cold and dark and silence of winter is evanescent- hope springs yet again, and with seasons' change, we are reminded that God makes all things new.
"Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!...
Each day proclaim the good news that He saves!
Honor and majesty surround Him;
strength and beauty fill His sanctuary...
Recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong!
Worship the Lord in all His holy splendor.
Let all the earth tremble before Him...
Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord,
for He is coming!"
(Excerpts from Psalm 96)
"And He who was seated on the throne said,
'Behold, I am making all things new.'
Also He said, 'Write this down,
for these words are trustworthy and true.'"