If you are like me, you are probably getting pretty tired of “the winter that would never end” (I blame Punxsutawney Phil). This year has definitely proven wrong the old song, “It Never Rains in Sunny California!” But hold on; do not despair. Spring in all its glory is just around the corner! It may not look like it at the moment, but I am here to tell you that it’s true!
I know because I have seen it! If you scroll down a little, you will find a photograph I took last weekend on my mini-sabbatical in Cachagua. The orange spots you see on the hillsides are poppies! If you are able, I highly encourage you to take a ride out there (or to some other place where poppies are blooming) so that you can see this beautiful display of God’s handiwork with your own eyes.
Another sign: the property I stayed on last weekend had 16 chickens and a rooster, and let’s just say that Mr. Rooster was one busy boy. Everywhere we look, the signs of new life are all around, and we can rejoice in the hope and renewal that these signs of spring awaken in us.
I recently came across a passage from one of Howard Thurman’s poems entitled, “This Is the Season of Promise”:
Listen to the long stillness:
New life is stirring
New dreams are on the wing
New hopes are being readied:
Mankind is fashioning a new heart
Mankind is forging a new mind
God is at work.
This is the Season of Promise.
Although Thurman is speaking of Christmas, his words are equally appropriate for this time of Lent and emerging spring.
I invite you during this next Holy Week to stop and see the new life that is stirring all around you, the new hopes and dreams that are being readied in your own heart, knowing that God is always at work in us and in the world around us. So as we spend this next week in spiritual preparation to receive the beautiful mystery of Easter, may we open ourselves to this season of promise so that we may experience the renewal of our own minds in Christ Consciousness.