Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring is Coming!


Can you sense that spring is coming? Here in IL we've had a few days of much milder temps. Some days are even nice enough to allow a crisp, cool breeze to come through the windows. I can hardly wait to see new life coming up through the ground. Seeing my "littles" experience this amazing wonder brings me such joy. We're already talking about the garden we're going to plant and my head is spinning with a little more landscaping I'd like to do!

Yet this year, I'm aware of another fact that soon-coming-spring means. It means that the ground is thawing and before long people that work at monument businesses can lay a foundation at cemeteries for headstones to be placed. This fact makes my heart ache, because it's a reality of the upcoming springtime for me. I haven't found the courage to drive to the cemetery since last fall when countless people gathered in solemness to say goodbye to my father. I was afraid I couldn't find the spot and feared that might be more than this daughter's heart could handle.

So many changes ahead for our family. I'm reminded that Season's Change. With this spring will also come our first-born's high school graduation. Dad would have been so proud. I know it hurt my son's heart when he couldn't call his Grandpa and tell him that he made it to the school of his dreams. {MBI!!} I look so forward to what God has for my son, even though it will rock my world to have him gone. It's a new season again ... and I'm learning to embrace it with joy ... even if I do need to reach for a tissue now and then.

Are you ready for what spring is bringing? Perhaps for you it's a mixed package as well. It even contains things you don't know of yet. More importantly, are you well acquainted with the One who is in control of the seasons? I think of Isaiah 43:19.

" See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. "

He truly is the one who makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. He is worthy of our trust no matter what kind of season we are in. He comforts those who need comforted. He knows our fears. He brings new life. I am so thankful for my Heavenly Father and that promise that He will be there ... through each and every season.

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