O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
– Psalm 96 1-2 and 11-12
Likely you have noticed that I am just a bit outdoorsy. Jason and I go for walks twice a day – everyday unless it is raining significantly. (I really dislike getting rained on! Yuck – just plain yuck!)
We walk even when it is pretty cold outside. During the winter months this means I often/always look like a toddler who dressed herself. I wear gloves topped with mittens – at least one scarf/shawl – not one but two wool hats – and of course my massive puffer coat. Getting ready for a walk takes some serious time and effort – but it is so worth it to feel sun on my face – to breath fresh-ish air – and to move.
We tend to walk the same circuit of streets and cul-de-sacs in our neighborhood. (After 5 laps of our normal circuit – we know 45 minutes have elapsed and it is back to work and NTI for us.)
As we walk – I notice things. I cannot tell you the number of nails and screws I pick up on our walks. I am a bit of a nail vigilante. I hope I am saving a neighbor or three from a flat tire. If not I am picking up trash . . .
We smile and wave to our neighbors who also walk or spend time outside. We don’t know most of their names – but they have become a part of our lives because of our walks. (I will admit to worrying about and praying for neighbors who we don’t see for a while.)
We watch puppies grow into well behaved dogs – or not so well-behaved dogs. We see babies grow into toddlers who grow into children and children into teens. We see our neighbors age (and ourselves too for that matter).
And we see the seasons change.
Right now whispers of spring are emerging all around us. Soon they will be bursting forth in wild abundance – but right now the signs of spring are far more subtle. You need to be looking for them. And – of course – I AM LOOKING! Wow am I looking and searching and seeking in earnest!!! I am all in for this particular adventure.
Just last week I noticed some trees have that glorious green haze trees develop as they prepare to burst forth with their amazing green leaves. (I love the green haze. It holds so much promise.) Only a few trees are sporting this green haze right now – but their green halos are like beacons of hope!
I have also noticed robins. Robins are suddenly everywhere. Beautiful busy – busy robins are bustling around all over the place. The Canada geese are back too. I hear them calling and honking to one another as they fly overhead. It is so very nice to have these noisy friends back too. Have you noticed how much noisier it is getting outside? It isn’t summer noisy yet – but it is certainly getting noisier outside as the birds return and at least a few children play outside.
My lilies are starting to send up glorious green shoots. So are the iris. Of course – the wretched weeds are growing most quickly of all! But this time of year – even the weeds make me smile and my heart sing for joy.
My rose bushes have teeny – tiny baby leaves. You have to get in very – very close to see these leaves – but they are there.
Spring is coming with whispers and wisps. Soon spring will burst forth with great and glorious abundance. Soon spring will be wild! Soon spring will be a riot of color and noise – but right now it is quieter and a bit more subtle.
God is at work in our world. Spring is coming.
I encourage you to head outside and spend a few minutes exploring and seeking and searching for God’s presence in our world.
Where do you see God’s presence? How is God making himself known? Look – listen – wonder – wait . . . Don’t hurry. Mute your phone (or leave it behind.) Watch the world go by. Listen . . . What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you see?
Enjoy the gift of God’s creation. Delight in God’s blessings. God is here. God is with us. We are not alone.
You are in my heart – thoughts – and prayers.
In Christ and with Love –
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
– Psalm 111:2