“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”Harriet Ann Jacobs
2021 is finally offering relief as the clouds have begun to part. Western Washington is known for its grey season – many months of dark cloud cover and RAIN! This year has been no different – a very wet, rainy winter. March has finally offered a glimpse of what is to come!
During the long winter months there is a feeling of being trapped inside, to avoid the rain. Last night I ventured out to find a clear evening filled with a brilliant blue sky, a few clouds in the distance and the moon shining bright. I breathed in the cool but not cold air, which reminded me that there is warmth coming! Air that felt and smelled like the deep freeze of winter had passed, and the promise of spring had come to greet us once more. A deep breath in, and long deep breath out.
The mushrooms in our back yard even seemed to rejoice at the warmth, which in combination with the recent intense rain, had allowed them to grow with a vengeance! Circling around the vertical log, climbing higher and higher towards the sky.
The sound of the frogs croaking in the distance on that crisp evening, seemed as if they were announcing “the sun will return tomorrow”, and felt like a promise unto itself. Little did they know how much that sound refreshed my mind, and gave me peace knowing the next day would be filled with warm sunshine.
This morning was perfect for reflection, a reminder of everything I have to be thankful for. The fresh, slightly cool air filled my lungs as I watched the sun peak over the distant hills and through the clouds. The sunrise provided just a slight pink color, combined with the blue sky behind and the white fluffy clouds.
The promise of spring just around the corner – freshly mowed grass, birds chirping outside, flowers blooming and darting around as they too enjoy the warmth of the sun.
Even grass seems to stretch for the sky, as if saying “Thank you for life!” The droplets of dew shining off of each blade of grass.
Young children are just as excited for Spring as they watch their seeds spring to life on the window seal. There is beauty in the innocence of a young child, who does not yet know how life is formed, witnessing first hand how much change can happen in just one day or just over night. Teaching that even our own lives thrive and grow like the seeds, with just a few necessary ingredients – food, water, warmth and most importantly – LOVE!
The sun and warm air has lifted our spirits, and given us hope once again that we can enjoy the outdoors and go on adventures. It has lifted the fog that seemed to hang over our heads during the cold and wet of winter, and allowed us to dream again. Dreams of sunny days spent exploring the nature that surrounds us and going on adventures in the unique and beautiful landscape God has provided!
What are you thankful for this Spring season?