I’ve been feeling a little down lately, overwhelmed by personal, familial, work, and global issues. Today, after school, instead of going home and sleeping, like I really wanted to do, I forced myself to take a walk by the river on this blue-sky-sun-is-shining-spring-is-coming-day. Though it took some extra effort, it was a good choice, and I finished my walk feeling more refreshed, alert, and hopeful.
The path along Susquehanna River has been a place of comfort and peace to me for the past 6 or so years; it has been a place to connect with God. I feel God’s presence on the river and am able to pray, really pray, as I walk. Today was no exception. I think it was a combination of factors: Vitamin D, fresh air, being in a beloved space… but there was more to it today.
Regardless of the fact that there is an impending snow storm (which I am actually rooting for), there is something different in the air.
Spring is coming.
And really, nothing can stop it- no dark clouds over my own life or the lives of others I love, no blizzard, or winter weather. Spring has already been set in motion by a loving Creator.
There is activity and life underneath the ground even before we can see it. New life is about to emerge- is already emerging. Signs have begun to pop up, like the fragile, but hardy yellow crocuses in our backyard.
For Christmas, my parents gave Josh an indoor hyacinth bulb kit. A couple weeks ago, Josh put the bulb in water and into our dark closet, placing a cardboard box on top of it. He said it needed complete darkness for its roots to descend, to reach down deeper, and for its stem and leaves to begin their journey upward.
Beautiful things can happen in darkness.
When he took the bulb out of our closet a week or so ago, he realized he had left it in darkness a little too long. The tiny budding plant had emerged, but turned white from a lack of sunlight. We worried it might no longer bloom- it didn’t look hopeful. Nonetheless, he set it by our kitchen window, the sunniest spot in the house. It took a few days, but before long, a beautiful pink hyacinth did indeed bloom, brightening our house with its scent and color.
Just when we think there is no hope, spring comes.