Spring always makes me feel as though I am in love again.
With all the beautiful things in the world.
The way the sunshine strokes my skin.
Sleeveless shirts and open sandals and painted toenails.
With the buds on the tree in our backyard, budding the brightest natural green that ever assaulted your eyes.
The air. Just the air and that special, unidentifiable something that it possesses.
With the buzzing, chirping busy-ness of all of nature, and the One who created it and breathed life into it.
That first cleansing summer downpour, a violent battering on tin roofs, a passionate fury after the icy silence of winter. The muggy, sticky aftermath.
The smiles that play on strangers’ lips and the sparkle and shine in their eyes. They feel it too. They know it is here.
I am in love.
As I was digging in dirt yesterday, my infatuation for the earth welling up in my heart, my mind wandered on to how seasonal all of life is. Even ancient texts describe life in seasons. Most are familiar with Ecclesiastes chapter 3, which paints the picture of birth and death, joy and mourning, beginnings and endings, love and hate, gain and loss, embracing and refraining… life is up and down, back and forth.
It can be overwhelming, and just when you think you’ve got it all under control, you’re slapped in the face with something else. Another cold winter. An autumn gale-force wind. Or a scathing heat wave. Spring is never forever.
The sooner we accept that life is like this, an uncontrollable beast of a thing, perhaps the sooner we can truly enjoy every moment of our lives. And when I say “enjoy”, I’m not saying that every moment is going to be a party. It won’t. Some moments sting. But rather to live within that sting, to experience it, learn in it, embrace that pain and understand it… what a gift.
“I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.
Whatever was, is.
Whatever will be, is.
That’s how it always is with God.”
~Ecclesiastes 3 vs 14 & 15