By Nick Sigur
Recently, I have spent hours working in our yard. You would have to describe me as a “spring” gardener. When the good weather hits I work feverishly in the yard. Speaking of “fever” my wife and I buy plants, usually lots of plants. Sometimes we even plant them. You see by the time the 70-degree days are gone and the 90-degree days arrive, we are burned out and we retreat to air-conditioned spaces.
You would think with advancing age and the accompanying experience I would know better. Not so. In fact, I get more feverish in my spring fervor the older I get. Perhaps in the back of my mind I realize that the number of spring opportunities I will have is dwindling.
A spring is particularly beautiful after a tough winter for a couple of reasons. One, I guess, is in the eye of the beholder. We are so happy to see spring it just seems more beautiful. However, I also believe that the colder weather does something to the plants that make them more colorful, vibrant, even stronger.
Like most of our world, God designed it to remind us of Him. Beautiful springs after tough winters remind us that good and fruitful times follow the dark cold times in our lives. The cold, wet, gray days of winter toughen us. Spring reminds us that God was always there; sometimes hidden behind winter clouds, but He sees and cares through the gray of winter.
If spring hasn’t sprung in your spiritual life, take hope. The darker and colder it is, the more exciting it will be when God bursts forth. If the summer turns out to be particularly long and hot, the fall will cool the heat. The cycle of our mighty God will repeat again.