It’s here! It’s finally here! My favorite season of the year is upon us: spring. I love all four seasons but there is something about spring that just makes me happy. The warm days after the biting cold of winter … The beautiful display of fresh colors as redbud trees, weeping willow trees, daffodils, and hyacinths bloom and bud … The freedom of my toes as they enjoy open air sandals … These all make me happy.
I think one of the reasons I love spring so much is the realization of hope. While I love snow days with the most hopeful of students, there comes a point where the gray, cold days of winter begin to weigh me down. At some point, I long for the days when I won’t have to put on a heavy coat for every trip outside my home. At some point, it seems as though I will never feel warm and energetic again. At some point, it seems the sun will never share its joy and warmth again.
And then comes the spring. Spring that brings new life. Spring that renews energy. Spring that warms both the arms and the soul.
While I love spring for the physical blessings and renewal in brings, I also love it because it is an onslaught of reminders that the same type of renewal and beauty is available at all times spiritually with God. He can take the darkest, dreariest life and inject warmth, color, and life!
1 Peter 1:3 tells us that, as Christians, we have a living hope! Ephesians 2 reminds us that we “were dead in the trespasses and sins in which [we] once walked… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” Friends, that is hope!
So, as you enjoy the colors, scents, and sensations of this wonderful time of year, remember the spiritual hope and renewal that comes through Christ and thank God for spring!