Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
– The Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Sunday evening before Zoom Bible study I went for a walk with Jason. I realize this is in no way a surprising development. Most days Jason and I go for at least one and usually two walks around our neighborhood. We are walkers. It is what we do/who we are.
But yesterday evening as we walked I tried to be just a bit most present – just a little more in the moment. A little less distracted by to do lists and work thoughts and worries about the world and pandemics. A little more right there – right then.
I tried to notice more. I tried of listen to the world around me. I tried to see more. I tried to delight and to give thanks for the blessing of that Sunday evening.
And oh my was there a lot to see and to hear and to give thanks for last evening! Spring is here!!! Finally whoo-hoo! Yippee! Hallelujah!
Will was playing outside with Jack and the little girls from next door. Their laughter was absolutely ringing through the air as they played a rousing game of soccer in our backyard. They were so very happy and their happiness was contagious. I felt a smile spreading across my face just hearing their laughter and chatty chatter.
While I was listening I also heard the wind whistling . Wow – was it windy/blustery/blowing yesterday evening!
Then as Jason and I were walking on a straight stretch of road – I closed my eyes for just a moment – and I listened to the birds chirping and calling and singing. (When I do this in the winter the only thing I hear is squirrels complaining about how miserably cold it is outside! And yes – I do speak squirrel . . . don’t you?)
Once I reopened my eyes – I noticed the absolute explosion of color. Seriously in the last 4 or 5 weeks our world has changed dramatically.
Remember this . . .
This picture was taken just five weeks ago.
Everywhere I looked there was color. It is truly a feast outside for the eyes and the winter weary soul right now.
After our exercise had been achieved and the serious walking walk was over for the day – I decided to grab the camera and to go for a meander through the neighborhood. Jason was in charge of supper so I actually had some time to spare! So awesome!
I wandered and I meandered and I simply looked for beauty. I marveled and felt awe. I delighted and gave thanks for the blessing of SPRING!
Have you ever really taken the time to look closely – really – really closely at a flowering tree? Take a look today. They are intriguing.
I marveled at the incredible variety of spring blossoms. There are so many different flowering trees and shrubs and bushes right now. And the daffodils – the variety of daffodils once you start paying attention is amazing – so – so many varieties.
I stopped and felt the warmth of the spring sun on my face. I watched the clouds moving and shifting and changing shape.
I gave thanks winter was behind me and I had made it through the long dark night of my soul yet again. ( I really – really dislike winter.)
I gave thanks for spring. I gave thanks for all of the many – many abundant reminders of God’s presence in our lives. I gave thanks for the blessing of spring and the blessing of my family and for the time to wander and meander and notice and delight.
I encourage you to take some time today or tomorrow to notice something beautiful – something lovely. To slow down and really see something created by God and to look at it. And to give yourself the opportunity to appreciate the work of our creator God. Give yourself the gift and the blessing of being intrigued and interested and inspired.
You are all in my heart – thoughts – and prayers.
In Christ and with Love –