It's always so amazing to me how beautiful nature is and how it changes with the seasons. Especially this year, due to an unseasonably warm spring, everything bloomed early and so quickly. It seemed as if we hadn't put the winter coats away before we looked out the windows and saw blooms and buds all around us.
As I mentioned before, we live in a part of the Midwest that can get pretty cold in the winter [brrrrrr....it makes me cold just thinking about it]. It really makes one anxious for a change of the seasons. We are always pretty ready to shed the winter coats, boots and blankets and run freely outdoors in flip-flops or bare feet. Ready to see all of the brown turn green and watch the trees and plants display their beautiful masterpieces. Ready to hear the birds give their wake up calls by song again.
Spring is beautiful, but I truly enjoy the change of seasons in general. I like change. The bittersweet ending of one season and the beginning of a new one. Isn't it funny how life is just the same?! Sometimes we know what to expect in the next season, but sometimes we are faced with the unexpected - just like in nature. Seasons of parenting, seasons in our careers, and in relationships. Life and death (literally and figuratively), sowing and reeping, and joys and sadness.
In it all, I'm thankful that as a Christ follower, God is the one constant thing in it all. In the seasons of nature and the seasons of life.
I the Lord do not change. Malachi 3:6
Whatever season of life you are in - winter, spring, fall or summer. Whether it's a season of growth and life or heartache and challenge, choose to look to the One who changes not. When you are in the cold and fierceness of "winter", know that spring is right around the corner.
He has made everything beautiful in it's time. Ecclesiastes 3:11