We first noticed the flock of red-winged blackbirds at our feeders-then, in our front yard amidst the melting snow, a lone robin greeted us. Oh, what a welcome sight! With the start of spring yesterday, these signs are such a wonderful sight to enjoy. Through all the cold and snow signs of spring are appearing – such a blessing. What does that mean for us?
It is the season of Lent, a time of renewal. Also, a time to reflect on the wonder of God’s work in the creation of spring. Perhaps it would be a good time to reflect on your personal blessings; try making a list! It may prove lengthy! The advent of spring for Mike and myself is truly special. Tomorrow we will be married twenty-two years. For us personally, it is a time for renewal of our marriage, a time for renewal of the soil on our farm, and a time for renewal with the Lord.
The English novelist, George Elliot, wrote in the 1800’s, “In our springtime every day has its hidden growths in the mind, as it has in the earth when the little folded blades are getting ready to pierce the ground.” Lent is a time of anticipation, as is spring. It is a time to reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ death and resurrection – a time for the mind to consider the wonder of the resurrection, and what it provides for all of us.
It is a time to recommit our lives to Jesus who told us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” (John 14:6). Jesus, in Matthew, told us “you are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14) and that we need to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
Lord, let our light shine brightly for your many purposes, and help us always think of our many blessings that you have bestowed on us. In this time of Lent, allow us the time to reflect on the wonder of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.