Children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. ~Psalm 127:3-5

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Beauty of CREATION

Every Spring I am in total awe of the new life sparked by its onset.  Sleeping plants and animals emerge to remind us that the world isn't dead after all, bringing with them the hope that life will indeed continue for a time.  As the brown barren earth gives way to Spring flowers and patches of green grass, my heart yawns and stretches with nature, and I am overjoyed that everything looks bright again, especially after a bleak winter and endless gray skies.

It's easiest to be in love with creation in the Spring.  Winter is so cold and though it has its perks like the beauty of freshly-fallen snow and the stillness of nature, it's hard to work past the chill in my bones and the feelings of darkness that creep in every year.  I often wonder why so many people have a difficult time during Winter and feel so much more alive once the Spring hits; as though our bodies depend on the warm sunshine to feel content, to thrive.  Humans are such interesting beings! God created us in His image, giving us a soul which nothing else in creation has, and calling us His children. He gave us this world to take care of, to enjoy.  No matter what the season.

And yet, there is a method in all of it.  There is a reason why in Winter many animals hibernate, why people slow down a bit, why the silence of the season has such a powerful affect on the soul if only we'll stop and take the time to acknowledge it.  There is something special about Winter, despite its harshness and cold.  You see it in the bright red winter berries and in the evergreens; colorful gifts to remind us that nothing lasts forever, especially not the gray and frost. Then in Spring, when everything and everyone seems to come alive more fully, things grow, animals appear, the sun shines more brightly.  Life moves on.  It's a process; a perfect cycle.  It's the give and take of humans and nature.  It's the beauty of God's creation.

1 comment:

CoachWalsh3rd said...

I couldn't agree more! I always feel more alive in the spring! New beginnings!

Best of luck with the rest of the challenge!

CW3 *\o/*