Monday, March 31, 2008

Where Is Spring?


It's snowing today. The weatherman has joined Salman Rushdie in hiding. (I took this picture from my front door this morning. We've been in meltdown mode lately -- but the report last night said that we have up to eight more inches on the way!)

Where is spring? That's what I want to know! Everybody around town has been asking the same question, too.

Tomorrow's April, for heaven's sake. This time last year, we were sunbathing. This year, we're still wearing long johns.

Last year, the crocuses bloomed. This year, we're shoveling the bloomin' sidewalks. . . again.

Last year, we made fishing plans. This year, we're still ice fishing, and wondering what the plan will be if the thaw doesn't come before opener.

Where are those robins, by the way? Once again I ask. . . where is spring?

And here's the answer: Spring is here! Beneath the surface of the earth, she has already sprung! We just haven't seen much evidence of her yet.

I guarantee you, though, before too long, she will arrive in full splendor.

In just a short while, the gray landscape will burst forth in green, purple, red and gold. The crusty snow will melt away under the sun's vernal gaze!

There will be a resurrection of nature, and the good folks of the northoods will emerge from their caverns once again into the great outdoors.

Yes, spring has begun, and is coming soon in fullness. Just wait. Just wait. You'll see.

And, that's the way it is with the Kingdom of God.

5 comments:

naomi said...

For many years, we've kept track of daily temps and saved the calendars they're written on....so I can tell you that last March 26th it was 77, and just a week later it was 38 with 4" of snow. Maybe it's best not to be teased with summer-like weather, only to face such disappointment! You're right, spring IS here; it need not be visible to be present! I love March because of the element of surprise and anticipation. How easily we forget that what we see isn't all there is...

Anonymous said...

"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity."
-- Henry Van Dyke

Jonathan Wilson said...

Don't be in too much of a hurry just to have to mow your grass. :)

The last few years we have let the fire go out in the stove just to turn on the air conditioner a few days later.

Keetha said...

And just think how much SLOWER spring would come if it weren't for global warming!!!

Anonymous said...

I mowed the lawn once already. You just have to move to Delaware. Steve U.