First Signs

Yippee! Let’s hear it for the first signs of green poking through the dull canvas of winter! Just when we feel like our cold season is never going to end, we begin to spot little glimmers of hope. Patches of green start appearing on our lawns, tiny buds can be seen on some of the trees, and we begin enjoying warmer days here and there. Yes, spring is on the way.

Not only is spring a season of hope as new life becomes visible all around us, it is also a season of excitement. Everyone and everything seems to be inspired and invigorated by spring. Give us a warmer day and just watch us come to life. Birds start singing their little hearts out. People really do get a “spring” in their step (how coincidental!), and everyone seems friendlier. Conversation flows more easily with everyone greeting each other with things like, “Don’t you just love this warmer weather?” and “Isn’t it a gorgeous day?” Energy seems to abound.

You know what else is great about spring? It always comes. I’ve never seen a year when winter did not give way to spring. The season of new life faithfully arrives. We can count on it. The barrenness of winter finally takes its leave, and life starts fresh again.

Our lives seem to cycle like the seasons, too. Even though we may face a dark or barren time, we can count on spring to arrive. If you find yourself in a winter stage right now, be encouraged. New life will come. Hope and excitement are on the way. Be on the lookout. The first signs might be just around the corner.

“There is surely a future hope for you…” Proverbs 23:18a

**What are you most looking forward to about spring? I love the warmer, no-jacket temperatures and the color that comes back to our world. How about you?

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