Spring Has Sprung
Spring has sprung.
In some parts of the country, it has flooded, in others areas it has buried people in snow.
March can be a weird month in terms of weather.
My birthday is in March. I grew up in Denver. I remember having to plan inside and outside alternatives for birthday parties.
Growing up, March meant that the lilies of the valley, the morning glories and the marigolds bloomed with little to no help from the humans.
I look around my house. I have four beautiful clumps of daffodils blooming right now. I may have planted five or six bulbs when we moved in (I am not a gardener), but between the squirrels and Mother Nature, they have been moved and flourish every year without me having to do anything.
March is also the time of Lent. Once in a while Easter falls in late March, but rarely. So it's a month of reflection and preparation for better things to come (Easter!).
If you're being flooded or stranded by snow, then you're definitely ready for better things to come.
Here, the winter is past;
the rains have come and gone.
Blossoms have appeared in the land
the season of singing has arrived,
and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The green fruit is on the fig tree,
and the grapevines in bloom are fragrant. (Song of Songs 2:11-13)
Whatever your feelings are about March, or the coming of spring, appreciate all that God has given. Better things are to come in the Resurrection.
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
-Ann Iona Warner