It hit 80 degrees today in Indy. Not bad for a day when it is still technically winter. But on the 20th, we will officially enter spring. It has been one of the mildest winters on record, at least here in the midwest, and people already have spring fever. Janet and I took Lexie for a walk over the week-end and it was just great. It seems like yesterday that fall, and then winter, were right around the corner, but in the spring, everything smells fresh and new.
My grandfather used to tell me that the spring was a way of reminding us of God’s faithfulness to make everything new. After the fall harvest and then the hibernation of the land, we all look forward to the beginning of green growth and the promise of the warmer temperatures and the maturing of plants as they grow toward another harvest. This is the time of planting and preparing the soil to receive new seeds. How awesome is that?
Anchorage, Alaska is experiencing a different story. Through last Friday, they had received ore than 129″ of snow this winter. Just a little more than 3″ from a new record. Almost everybody was hoping for snow – wanting to break the record. There was an article in the newspaper that the city of Anchorage had removed quite a bit of snow from its streets. The paper reported that if you put a wall around a football field, and moved the snow that had been cleared in Anchorage to the walled area, the pile of snow would be more than 1200′ high – that’s like almost 2 blocks high, and I can’t even remember the weight of all that snow, but it was a lot.
On the other hand, this was the first year I can remember that I didn’t even start the snow blower. Once or twice I pushed the shovel across the driveway to make sure the car wouldn’t slide down, but that was about it. Truly a mild winter, but that means that we could have bugs this spring.
Then another sure sign of spring came today as well. I am heading to Dallas in the morning and I received a notice that they are expecting thunder storms. Dallas is notorious for their spring storms. Once, I was boarding a plane and more than 4″ or rain fell on the runway. They had to suspend the loading of baggage, but they removed the jetway so our plane was technically in line for take-off. When the storm passed, we were #1 for take-off, and we hadn’t moved from the gate. Go figure.
So, spring is in the air. Hopefully, we won’t have another bout of winter. The verse for this evening talks about storms and planting, both things that I have spoken about tonight. From Zech. 10:1, we are told, “Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.”
My encouragement is to enjoy this transition to spring. It only happens once a year and we are starting the season to renew life. My prayer is that you will take this opportunity to also renew your own commitment to a Christ centered life and to the study of His word. After all, God makes everything new and we are no exception. Grace and peace,