I first noticed them last week. Budding trees. They whisper promises of things to come, slip us reminders of spring’s unfailing relief from winter’s frigid toll. One day they nudge us and say, “Look at us. New growth! There’s hope after all…”, while on another they call out, “Look at us! We’re budding! What will you become?!”

I love how the seasons speak to us on deeper levels and give us encouragement to grow or rest, to persevere or hope. Spring has the privilege of bringing hope to weary souls and inspiring us to branch out or reach for new heights. It works wonders in our world and in our hearts, and each year its work in our lives might be a little different.

The image of growth in spring has influenced how we see so many things. We’ve all heard people say, “He’s a budding artist” or “She’s a budding musician”, and they’re usually referring to children or teens. But I can’t help but notice, in the natural world, that even old trees bud year after year. New growth and the promise of things to come grace them as well.

Whatever our ages, let’s be honest. Probably none of us reading this post today are children or teens. We’re all older trees, if you will, though some of us are indeed older than others :) The good news is that old trees bud! We’re not only capable of growth, it’s expected.

So the question is what’s budding in our lives as we head into spring this year? What evidence of growth can be seen on our branches? Are we mastering a new skill or using some new technology (like me learning to use my new Kindle!)? Or are we displaying strength or peace in the face of adversity? Bottom line, as believers, are we looking more like our Savior each year?

If you don’t feel like you’re growing right now, it’s not too late to start. Get out there and start budding! Rejoice in the promise of things to come!

“In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.” Isaiah 27:6

*Flickr photo by James Bowe, Creative Commons License


  1. I love the thought you have that we are like old trees that still bud! Great analogy.

  2. spring is coming here (we still have LITERALLY nine feet of snow piled up outside, so there aren’t any buds on the trees…) and there’s a definite bounce in my step.

  3. This is a very nice analogy, your site is refreshing, and your words are very pretty :).


  4. Resurrection days! I feel them profoundly in my soul.

    Lovely writing, Cheryl. Thank you.


  5. Thanks, ladies, for your sweet comments. Each one is an encouragement to me. Love the thought of resurrection days, Elaine!

  6. Oh yes! Live the “budding” life.

    When I think of what IS budding versus what ISN’T, death comes to mind. No matter how old I get, I long to be vibrant & fully engaged in the intentional business of living full throttle.

    Spring blessings to you,

  7. Love the analogy of older trees still budding. You are never too old to learn new things. As always, Cheryl, your writing inspires!

  8. Our trees are starting to bud as well and I couldn’t be more excited! Spring is my favorite time of year.

  9. yes yes! I too love how the seasons reflect inner workings as well. I love the beauty of each season, but there is something about the newness of spring every year that fills me with refreshment and encouragement! So thankful for our Faithful Creator!

  10. I am so happy that spring is finally coming. Having just returned from Haiti on an incredible mission trip I feel that God is renewing a passion in me for Him. I definitely see the buds of new growth.

    Beautiful words!

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