Blue skies, early blossoms and singing birds – it’s a spring thing! Yesterday was officially the first day of that renewing season, and I’m hoping Some One told the weather to cooperate.
More cold temperatures could still be in store for us, there have been snowfalls during a few spring breaks, but for all practical purposes the end of winter is here.
In an effort to chase away the winter blues, last week I got out the Easter bunnies and placed them strategically around the house, but I made myself wait until spring’s official beginning to hang the pastel eggs on the little branch spray painted a pistachio green and anchored in a vase for that specific purpose. I also waited to place the carrot wreath on the front door.
The rabbits and carrots make me think of Easter – the observance of Christ’s death and resurrection. This celebration of faith is both the saddest of times yet the most joyful. The forty days before Easter provide a time of introspection and a tiny insight into sacrifice.
C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I love his quote, “Easter is chocolate eggs and Christ risen”. What could be any better than that?
Usually I would stroll the candy aisle of our local grocery story and fill my basket with chocolate eggs and bunnies, but this year we gave up chocolate for Lent.
Everywhere I turn there seems to be an overflowing of chocolate confectionaries, and as I gaze longingly at the rich treat I remind myself that it’s a no-no. The only good my self-imposed restriction serves is to give me a minute glimpse of sacrifice.
Spring is the result of sacrifice. The seeds that were buried last fall will rise up through the ground and provide beans and corn and grains to feed us.
The forsythia that lost its leaves and stood bare through this icy winter wakes up and pops with yellow blooms.
Drowsy animals awaken hungry for life and those of us who have experienced the winter blues and loss of joy will feel the sun’s warmth revive our spirits.
This quote by Vance Havner, a powerful pastor from the Carolinas, sums it up, “God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly who returns to greater power than ever.”
Spring is wonderful in its ability to renew brokenness not only in the earth but also in us.
Mother wrote in her journal, “Even if life is difficult now, one day we will rejoice. Keep your eyes on the future and on God’s promises.”
Just as the hope of spring helps us endure the icy winters, Easter’s hope focuses on Christ’s sacrifice for us and our belief in him gives us the hope of eternity.
It’s spring – rejoice!