Saturday, March 10, 2007

almost spring

There are four seasons in the year: winter, spring, summer and fall.  There are also four periods of time ahead of each season, when we are ready for change.  Now it is late winter and we are ready for spring.  It is still cold, the trees are yet bare and the air is not full of fragrance (and pollen), but for those of us who have walked the earth for a few years, we are confident that spring will come again.  We begin to long for warmth and pleasant days where our eyes are fed with color and new life springs from the ground.  There are places in the world that are winter year-round.  Imagine living there your entire life and then visiting Virginia in April for the first time.  Your senses would go into overload as you processed the beauty through sight, smell, sound of birds and touch (taste comes when the strawberries are picked a little later).  There are times in our lives that are like winter, cold and without beauty.  These times call for faith because the Lord is bringing change even when it can't yet be seen.  Spring, for you, is not far away!
2 Samuel 23:4 4 And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds,  Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
      By clear shining after rain.’
Rob Smith

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