The howling wind quiets, the pattering of the raindrops slows, and the dark clouds shift slightly – allowing the sun to cast the first rays of warmth. The grey in the sky gives way to white-spotted, endless blue. Brown earth yields to the vibrant green of the grass and the leaves. The scents of sunshine swirl with those of petrichor and floral essence, as the most daring bursts of color begin their emergence, petals unfurling to soak in the blessing of the elements.
The Master Artist has unleashed Spring upon the world! “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” ~ Luke 12:27
Nature is a gift, a canvas that the Lord Himself uses for our benefit and enjoyment. And yet, in a day of smart phones, high-speed internet, and pay-per-view, we hardly take the time to appreciate or even look at it. Our free time is absorbed by the indoors, electronics, and the artificial. However, at our fingertips are blessings beyond counting.
A child, if given the choice, will often take to the outdoors. We are born with a natural inclination to bask in sunlight, to splash in puddles, pick and sniff flowers, prod creepy-crawlies with twigs, and listen to the music of the wind racing and tumbling about. Our inborn fascination with God’s gift of creation dulls only if allowed. So how to rekindle that spark of desire for something so freely given?
Step outside. Feel the delightful prickle as the sun seeps into the skin. Let the wind trickle through the ends of loose hair without worrying how it appears to others. Simply sit outside and be still, watching patiently as the world comes alive. Wade in and wiggle your toes in the refreshing water as it laps about your legs. Thank the Creator for His loving gift.
Do what you can with what you have been granted and remember it is fleeting. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” ~ Isaiah 40:8