Winter looks toward Spring. Lent anticipates Easter.
But when Spring is here and we’ve said “He is Risen” on Easter morning, what’s on the other side?
All winter I wait for Spring and when it arrives I rejoice momentarily and then start thinking toward summer… the light, late nights; walks after dinner; conversations with friends on our porch; and summer travels.
After 40 days of intentional reflection, I celebrate with family on the sunny, Hallelujah Easter day. Then Monday comes. What’s on the other side of this renewal? What do we look towards next?
John and I have new events coming up in the next few months with me starting school and some potential travels this summer. But right now I feel like instead of looking ahead I need to continue being present, being all here. I want to appreciate not knowing specifically what’s ahead and recognize this time for growth.
On the other side of Spring – and the Resurrection – is time for wonder and amazement at the beauty. The beauty of brilliant blossoms and fluorescent flowers. The beauty of new life – and our new life in the promise fulfilled.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
Be present. Listen. And see the growth taking place in your backyard and in your heart.