Spring ushers in new life. All around you see beautiful signs of that growth beginning. Yellow is one of the most prominent colours of the season, for example, winter aconite, crocus & daffodils shine brightly in spring.
I never really thought about it seriously before. Yes, I knew there was spring and the buds on the trees promised the new life that was to come. And that it was the time lambs were born and you could see them in the fields. But I never considered spring itself.
We all go through different seasons in our lives. My best “spring” was when I met Kevin. In fact, we actually met on 1 March so it was spring outside combined with spring in my heart. It was a new and blessed time for the two of us as we developed our relationship with each other.
I think the interesting thing is that we sometimes go through what seems a mix of seasons at the same time and the lines are never totally defined. In some ways, it can be winter and spring at the same time.
Natalie was stillborn on 12 February and although it was one of the most difficult situations Kevin and I had encountered in our marriage thus far. In some ways, it was the spring of a new chapter of understanding each other but also the ending of a life that we had been expecting.
Spring is also the season that many children are accepted into the church with their first communion as they begin their new life in Christ. Again this signifies the end of something and the beginning of another.
Actually, whenever there is spring or the start of something new, there is always the death of something else. Or another way of looking at it is that when you say yes at the same time you are saying no. For example, yes to joining your life with another, making decisions jointly and no to a single life where you don’t have to check with anyone else because you are alone.
A spring season in your life can give you such newness and growth and development within yourself that you never imagined you could have. I love the spring feeling and the promise of leaves and fruit to come. Does it always happen? No. But mostly it does. And the promise can bring such delight and joy to your life.
Are you in a spring season of promise in your life? Looking at the beginning of the leaves and flowers of new growth? When something new starts, the old has to go and be left behind. And that’s ok. You can mourn over the past or you can be joyful because of the newness to come. It is your choice what you want to do.