The Gift of Spring

Ah, spring! Who doesn’t love the vibrant greens, multi-hued blooms, and ever-increasing warmth of spring? Following the drabness and coldness of winter, spring is a gift. Spring is all about renewal, hope, color, forward motion, and promise.

Renewal

The last few years have felt like a long winter filled with pandemic, civil unrest, and, most recently, war. Perhaps you have also dealt with personal struggles—health issues, loss, depression—and need a dose of springtime to lift spirits and provide hope.

One of the miracles of spring is new growth from stiff, seemingly dead sticks and brown ground. Nature reminds us regeneration is possible. Renewal is also possible in our lives—spiritual awakening, mental stimulation, physical rejuvenation, and emotional transformation. As with green emerging from a barren landscape, so we can experience renewed energy and strength for what lies ahead.

Bask in the beauty of spring and trust a season of renewal is ahead.

Hope

Hopelessness is like a dark mist that descends unbidden and envelopes your mind. Without hope, negativity and worst-case scenarios prevail. A breath of hope brings rays of light that penetrate the clouds and gentle winds to sweep away the what-ifs.

Spring is a season of hope, a prelude to growth, a harbinger of better days ahead. Even if your situation seems bleak, cling to hope.

Color

A riot of color is one of the best gifts of spring. Multiple shades of green, bright blooms, and subtle hues of pinks, purples, and whites combine to paint the landscape with a soothing palette.

At some point, your world may have been colored by events you never expected or people who betrayed you and left you wounded. Don’t allow those events or people to forever color your perspective. Fill a clean palette with the colors of love, peace, joy, and hope and paint a new picture with a spring theme.

Forward Motion

What can you do to move beyond what holds you back? Perhaps you are weighed down by overwhelming fear, disappointment, or uncertainty. Maybe you feel stranded in a wilderness, one not of your own making. Spring is the time to reignite forward motion and forge ahead with a new mindset and a plan for the future. Ask God to direct those plans and give the courage and motivation you need to move ahead.

Promise

A promise provides the expectation of something to come. Sometimes, people promise or pledge, yet don’t follow through. Spring always fulfills its promises. Regeneration, growth, and warmth may be slow in coming, but ultimately, spring triumphs. Spring allows us to see ourselves and our problems with a promise perspective, providing new insights, wisdom, and direction that were invisible in the darkness of winter.

Spring also reminds us we don’t have to travel life’s journey alone. We have a Savior, who is readily available to guide and comfort. Grasp the promises of spring as you move from cold darkness to warmth and light.

Imagine the wilderness whooping for joy, the deserts unbridled happiness with its spring flowers. It will happen! The deserts will come alive with new growth budding and blooming, singing and celebrating with sheer delight … The glory of the Eternal One will be on full display there, and they will revel in the majestic splendor of our God” (Isaiah 35:1-2 VOICE).

©CandyArrington

Candy Arrington is a writer, blogger, speaker, and freelance editor. She often writes on tough topics with a focus on moving through, and beyond, difficult life circumstances. Candy has written hundreds of articles, stories, and devotionals published by numerous outlets including: Inspiration.org, Arisedaily.com, CBN.com, Healthgrades.com, Care.com, Focus on the Family, NextAvenue.org, CountryLiving.com, and Writer’s Digest. Candy’s books include Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books), When Your Aging Parent Needs Care (Harvest House), and AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B&H Publishing Group).

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