Renew: (transitive verb) : to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection
Where I live in northwest Montana, it always feels like spring has been a long time in the coming. The long days of winter seem at time like they will never come to an end.
What I have noticed though, despite its seemingly tardy arrival, is that spring often seems to arrive in the blink of an eye. Unlike winter that often slips in among us at a slower more steady pace, spring’s arrival can feel like an overnight event. Winter creeps in, first with frosty morning windshields, and chilly temps that show our breath as we exhale. Slowly over time those cold mornings get ever colder, and often the arrival of the first snow doesn’t seem to take us too much by surprise.
Spring doesn’t typically tease us with its pending arrival. We wait and watch for the piles of snow in our yards to shrink, yet they seem to hold their own. We wonder when we will ever see the ground again.
At long last, spring break week arrives! This is typically the turning point for us. Sunshine is present for more hours in the day (thank you Daylight Savings) and with each passing day, the snow piles give way to the brown earth. Within what seems like only a few days, a few brave green blades of grass show themselves, and hardy crocuses take the role of harbingers of spring’s arrival.
This year our transition into spring dovetails with the Lenten season, which for me brings about a deeper spiritual renewal in my soul. As I am allowing my heart to more deeply understand the journey Jesus made to the cross, I am also marveling once again at the resurrection of nature all around me. God’s amazing creation we see all around us is a many splendored thing indeed!
How is the act of renewal making itself manifest in your life presently? I look forward to reading each of your posts on this topic that we are all experiencing in one form or another. And thank you, Irene, for the opportunity to host our Spiritual Thursday post this month!
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