If I’m not mistaken, that expert on forecasting, the groundhog, predicted an early spring this year. I know most of my friends in Minnesota and upstate New York are wondering about this prediction, with even more new snow added to their accumulation!
We’ve lived in many states, and experienced Spring in many places. Here in the (mid)South, spring starts early with daffodils in February and progresses through almost every color of the rainbow by June. Our winters are fairly moderate, with an occasional ice storm or some snowfall, usually melted within 48 hours. Here’s what our winter looked like:
As much as I enjoy the moderate winter, it isn’t the celebration I experienced in Minnesota. After a long, hard, winter, I took great joy at EVERY perennial that reappeared in my yard! I marveled that anything could survive outside in such harsh conditions. I thanked God for every plant that showed the tenacity to come back after sub-zero wind chills and layers of snow and ice. It gave me hope that I, too, could survive my experience here, as a seasoned, “perennial” parent. Maybe God celebrates my growth and resiliency as much as I was celebrating these little blossoms! The thought put a smile on my face. Although Spring is not as much of a celebration here in TN, it still fills me with wonder. The other day I was driving and rounded the corner to see an old barn, sitting on a hill, with a vibrant green field below it and dark, threatening skies above it. The contrast between old and new, darkened skies and bright clouds was amazing:
Hoping you find wonder in Spring, wherever you may be this year!