“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” — Mark Twain
We are in that crazy mix of the seasons. Even in one day, the temperature can vary by 50 degrees — and cover the ground with snow. The weather bounces around between hot and cold. Still, nothing can keep spring from coming into full bloom.
Everything comes back to life, and the birds start to sing and play in yard. For the third spring in a row, a Mourning dove has nested on a grapevine wreath on the patio outside my back door. Don’t tell anyone, but I talk to her every day. At this point, she is a captive audience sitting on her eggs.
All the markers are happening right on time. The time did its “Spring Forward,” and we moved past Daylight Savings Time, which, in itself, is welcome with more daylight in the afternoon. Sunshine makes us happy, so we are naturally happier when we can feel the warm sun on our skin, even for a few minutes a day. We feel better; we are more alive. Sunshine brings us back, and we awaken to all the new possibilities that come with a new springtime season.
Yesterday was the first day I was able to spend almost the whole day outside in the warmth of the sunshine. I have gotten my first pedicure of the season with the expectation that, one day soon, I will be able to wear my sandals. I’m ready to put my boots, socks, sweaters and coats away for the season. And get into my lighter clothing and get outside. It is time to awaken from the long winter’s slumber.
Wake up! It’s springtime, a time of hope. My hope for you is that you choose to come alive this season and thrive!
And so, my friends and readers, I embrace the scripture, Song of Songs 2:11-12, “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land”. Love God and all people. Amen.