I love new seasons. I love spring. I won't say it's my favorite season because I can be largely noncommittal when it comes to favorites. I LOVE spring, but if I say it's my favorite, what about summer? And fall? And winter? (Ok - definitely NOT winter, though I like a good snow once in while, but summer and fall would give spring a run for its money!)
Favorite or not, spring has something wonderfully special about it. There is something about the new beginning and fresh start of it that stirs my heart. I love these lines from Nichole Nordeman's song Every Season:
What was frozen through is newly purposed, turning all things green.
So it is with you and how you make me new with every season's change,
And so it will be as you are recreating me...summer...autumn...winter...spring.
Just like the season gets to start new, so do we. When we invite Jesus into our hearts and let him wipe our sinful slate clean, he lets us have a spring of our own. I don't have to live in darkness or gloom. I can have the joy of sunshine and the beauty of the most stunning spring blossom. Forgiveness is overwhelming. I don't deserve it ever, even for a minute, but it is so freely offered to us to are willing to accept it. I am beyond thankful for the steadfast love of Christ and the forgiveness He offers. New leaves aren't just for the trees in my yard; they're for people, too. And it's not just a one-time deal either. He doesn't give up on me, and he's there to offer me a new beginning every morning. These are the things that stir my heart in the springtime.
So today ushers in spring, and it was a perfect day for it complete with a day of sunshine and an evening of those strong and loud thunderstorms. This spring, amid these sunny-rainy-cheery-blooming-green-growing days, I am especially moved by the peace I find in the forgiveness of my Lord, the promise of new beginnings, and the surprises of the future.
"Let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth."