Don’t Miss The Glorious Gifts of Spring
Sing to the Lord All the Earth Psalm 96
As I drove around my town the other day, I stopped in my tracks, overcome by the bursting of flowers and trees, buds everywhere I turned.
- Forsythia splashed their bright yellow branches, some neatly trimmed, some wild and crazy…out of control.
- Daffodils lined long stretches of sidewalk, gathered in groups below not-quite-bare branches of overhanging trees, splashed haphazardly across the sweeping lawn of a nearby park.
- Crocuses clustered, tidy tight bunches of deep violet and golden rod, grape hyacinths nestled amongst them.T
Though I had my usual long list of To Dos waiting for me at home, I had to pause.
The splendor called. I drove up and down the hilly suburban streets of my town, jumping from my car to try and capture this stage of spring on film, this rebirth of nature in all its glory.
I was stunned, breathless, mesmerized by life at every turn.
All creation calls Him Holy!
I couldn’t stop gawking.
- The cheery cherry flourished with its rich crowns of pretty soft pink, while the weeping variety danced near the ground.
- Magnolia were magnificent in their stripes of fuschia and white.
- Apple blossoms had another day or two to reach their full spectacle, halfway between bud and burst.
- The pear trees, not yet ripe, held tight to their buds…in a matter of days their time will come and they too will deliver a plethora of snowy blossoms that fall quickly covering the ground with a manna-like carpet.
Oak, elm, maple, willow, birch will follow…their winter buds will soon turn to verdant shades of green and plum.
If you stand still, you may actually be able to see the activity this new life brings.
Like a time-lapse film, you can see the glory unfold.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the new life that came for all of us…Though He entered quietly, the son of a working-class family, with little fanfare and 30 years of ordinary life. Ultimately all would be recorded in The Book, so we can ponder, we can stop, we can pause, know, experience the greatest story of all.