It has been a beautiful week here where I live. Temperatures have begun to warm. The sun has been showing itself after what seems to have been an unusually long absence. Beautiful clouds proudly march across the sky. Hosta plants and daffodils are beginning to show themselves in the flower beds as they reemerge from the soil. The ground cover in the “birdhouse corner” is barely visible, but will soon be lush and green. Today as I am writing to you, it is the very first day of spring.
Tuesday I was taking advantage of these warm days to remove the remnants of last fall’s leaves and pine needles that I didn’t get up before winter came. As I raked and loaded and emptied the wheelbarrow, I felt an inexplicable joy as I remembered seasons past. Seasons of being a new Mom and raising our children. The season when I was growing up myself. Seasons of helping my husband on the farm, and seasons of leaving him a lunch while I headed to work in town. While not all seasons have been easy, I felt peace at the work The Lord Has done through each one, and I gave thanks.
As I carefully worked around the bright green leaves of the new spring plants, I rejoiced at the promise of a new season to come. For soon, when my work of hoeing and weeding and planting is done, colorful flowers will begin to appear. While I don’t know exactly what God has planned for the next season in my life, I know it will be good, and I gave thanks.
Today, I pray that you too would experience joy. That you would take time to notice the beauty around you, the beauty in others, and the beauty that God has placed within you. I pray that you would remember the faithfulness of God in seasons past, and that you would have faith in The Lord for the seasons that lie ahead. May you take time to rest for a moment in God’s presence, giving Him thanks. Even just for a moment. May you be filled with His peace and inexplicable joy.
Romans 15:13 13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.