Reflections of Spring


1Corinthians 15:53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality.

      Spring has quietly slipped into her first attire of golden daffodils along with the blooms of the redbud tree. The lilacs patiently await their turn to show off their new attire; and the fruitless pear trees boast their snow-white petals against the lush green backdrop of yards. Roses, iris, lilies, and many more will soon fill the air with sweet aromas.

      Spring brings with it sweet relief from cold harsh winters, and promises abundant new life in glorious colors. Musical harmony sung by birds, animals, and frogs echo in the forest of the night.

      Beauty flaunts herself around the countryside, with the scurrying of newborn wildlife, calves, foals, chicks and more.

      My favorite tree for this part of the country would have to be the dogwood. The tree is slender and twisted, her creamy white blossoms form the shape of a cross…two long, and two short petals. In the center of the flower, appears the shape of a crown made of thorns.

      Taking shelter under larger trees in the woods, her flowers draw your attention immediately, and you find them dusted throughout the woods and hills as snowcapped mountains and valleys.

      The dogwood is a subtle reminder of Easter, a time many families celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.

      Jesus promised new life for all who would accept his sacrifice. Made anew in his image, cleansed as white as the snows of winter, and petals of the dogwood; and though the outer beauty of this temple eventually fades and dies, the spirit of the believer lives forever in the presence of Almighty God.

      With all the beauty and fragrance of God's glory among us, nothing will compare to what awaits us as we leave this mortal body behind, and stand face to face with the risen Savior, Jesus. Praise his Holy, Holy name!

© 2004 Marie Williams


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