Hope Springs Eternal

This is the latest in my series of blog entries taking a fresh look at a variety of topics over the next year. I’ve set up a page on the blog explaining the project and linking to my entries. This week’s topic is “Signs Of Spring.”

Next weeks’ topic is “Signs of Autumn.” This presents a challenge. I actually have much more to say about that topic. Really, this topic, it’s hard to write about without making a comparison. Writing about spring in the context of fall would be easy. By itself, less so.

To be honest, right now, I’m bearing a grudge against spring from last year. Right now, spring as a time of beginnings is hard for me to buy into. Even before this project, I was rethinking spring. Throwing out everything I believed. Letting spring redefine itself. But I’m not going to have that answer for this post.

But the topic isn’t spring. It’s Signs of Spring. This isn’t unique to this time of year, but God does some good work. This time of year, life abounds. Vitality abounds. Beauty abounds. And it does so ephemerally. Enjoy the flowers today. They may be gone tomorrow.

What other artist creates such beauty so temporarily? But there’s a lesson there. Enjoy it. But enjoy it now. You may not be able to tomorrow. Which isn’t a hedonistic “carpe diem.” Not an “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die.” But rather this — pay attention. Today is unique. It’s the only today. Things will happen in it that won’t happen any other day. Things can be seen it that can be seen no other day. That doesn’t make today special. The same will be true of tomorrow. But each day you fail to do that is a day you’ll never get to.

Be aware. Pay attention. Look. Observe. Notice. Appreciate. Enjoy. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.