I’m sitting on my porch this morning, drinking a cup of coffee. I’m wrapped in a blanket, and it’s breezy. But, the signs are there, in the slightest little ways. My little girl just brought me flowers she found by the pond. There are birds chirping and pecking for bugs in my backyard. The sun is warmer on my face than it has been in recent days. And it does something to my heart. It feels like hope. I can feel it coming, days playing outside with my little ones; the relief from months of being inside, missing activities because of one more sickness passing through. Does it ever feel this way to you?
This spring comes at a unique time for our family as I have been on bedrest awaiting the arrival of our littlest since shortly before Christmas. It has been a long season. In more ways than just the weather, it has been a winter of sorts here. It has felt dark, hard, and confining. There has been grace in so many ways, and I am so grateful for it! But it has still been hard for our whole family. It has been a day after day trudging through, anxiously waiting for the day when the burden is lifted, when the sun breaks through the clouds. My son captured it well this afternoon as we were chatting and he told me “It’s just going to be great Mom. She’s going to make all our lives better when she’s here.” Yes she will little man, yes she will.
I’m so grateful to live in an area with seasons. The shifting, inevitable change. His hand over all of it is palpable. There is no way for me to imagine that any of it happens without His control. A beautiful song by Steven Curtis Chapman captures it so well as he sings
“Feel the sun on your skin
Growing strong and warm again
Watch the ground: there’s something moving
Something is breaking through
New life is breaking through
Spring is coming, Spring is coming
And all we’ve been hoping and longing for soon will appear”
Is your heart anxiously awaiting spring? Physically or metaphorically? Know that He brings it. And nothing on this earth can stop His hand when He declares its’ impending arrival.