Spring Is In The Air!

20140404-085707.jpgI love spring. I always have. I hadn’t put much thought into it, really, other than I just admire the fresh air and vibrant colors. That is, until a few weeks ago when the calendar marked the official beginning of spring and the people around me seemed more excited and enthusiastic about it than ever before. Perhaps the unseasonably cold Texas winter made us all a little more eager for a change. All through out that first week of Spring it seemed everywhere I went people were talking about it and asking me what I like about spring. And to my answer revealing it as my favorite season, I was asked why again and again.

Why do I love spring? With each question I pondered it a little more. And finally, to one who asked, I replied, “I love seeing everything come back to life. Green grass, flowers, tree buds… all of it just makes my heart sing!!”

And with that answer, the reason I love spring so much hit me – it really does make my heart sing. There is something about it that speaks to the depths of who I am. I love seeing things brought back to life. The world goes from gray to full on Technicolor. From frozen dormancy life emerges anew! It makes me think of Jesus – what He does in our lives. Jesus comes into our dormant, cold, dismal lives and makes us new, just as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17(NIV):

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

I suppose for the same reason I love spring, I love the book of Isaiah. I read it all the time. It is one of my secret Bible nerdy areas. It resonates with me. It has the same message. It makes my heart sing the same way. In it I find verses like Isaiah 35:1, which says,

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.”

Isn’t that beautiful! It speaks of spring – the new life that God brings into our lives when He moves in and makes everything that has gone wrong in our worlds right again. In Him, every dormant dream is brought back to life, every gray area is re-colored, and new life emerges from dead, barren places.

This is what Jesus does in us, and He gave us the amazing responsibility of partnering with Him to see new life brought to the lives of those around us. Not only do we get to enjoy the beauty of it in ourselves, we are His agents, Christ’s ambassadors, here to share a smile, a kind word, a helping hand — and in so doing, we help call forth new life as He works through our acts of love.

Don’t you just love spring! There’s just something about seeing the world around us come back to life.

Amy O’Donnell © Copyright April 4th, 2014

 

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