Every season of the year allows opportunities to showcase God’s great works!
Ah, spring! What a marvelous time of year! Every new day brings pleasant surprises of some growth I hadn’t noticed just a day before! The buds are swelling on the bushes, and bulbs are pushing the earth out of the way for their new green shoots. Even coverings of light-green weeds look pretty now!
The 5-foot snow drifts are finally gone from our yard—we live in Rathdrum, where the prairie winds stack that snow up high! However, our snowfall was dwarfed by Twin Lakes’ snow. We’re watching the home of friends in Twin Lakes who escape to their home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for the winter. Their garden is still covered in snow!
I came home from checking on their Twin Lakes’ place last week and was so excited to have a snow-free yard that I celebrated by buying four colorful primroses that I promptly plopped into a large planter in our front yard! Well, yes, they became a tad “nipped” by some of the occasional temperature drops this week, but their bright splashes of color lift my spirits to remind myself it’s really spring!
But, there is beauty in all of the seasons! When I lived in Delta Junction, Alaska for five years, I was blessed to witness the full glory of the northern lights, the aurora borealis. Some of the most spectacular displays occur in October and February, when the temperatures can plunge to 40 or 50 below zero (and they don’t even talk about wind chill up there!). In order to see the swirling, dancing, and streaking greens, blues, yellows, and reds of the auroral display at these temperatures, you must be fully bundled and covered—even to capture a quick time-exposure photograph of the lights in their glory. And, I still vividly recall the magic of the full moon reflected and refracted by sparkling ice crystals formed on top of the snow from exposure to the extreme cold.
Ah, and autumn! The colorful transformation of leaves from their loss of chlorophyll brings out the oranges and yellows and, from chemical reactions, some leaves gain a red pigment. The best display of autumn leaves I’ve seen was in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, a place where the landscape was almost completely covered in an enormous variety of deciduous trees back when Native Americans were the primary residents of the Northeastern United States. Still, though, the rolling hills resemble mounds of red, yellow, orange, and green tufts during the fall.
Summer seems to be the season when I feel the most physically active and spend the most time outdoors. I can’t wait for Lake Coeur d’Alene to warm up enough to dive in and swim around! Summer gets me out on the beautiful green golf courses to see how quickly I can get that ridiculously tiny ball into the cup. As I walk around, enjoying the full splendor of the flowers in bloom and trees fully leafed, I love hearing and seeing enumerable birds and other critters out enjoying the weather as much as I am.
Even though every season also has its downsides, I usually choose to focus on the upsides. I have been rightfully accused of being a Pollyanna, with my glass half-full. Like everyone, though, I find my glass half-empty sometimes, too. One way I try to pull myself out of those funks is by rejoicing and marveling in the glory that God has created in this world.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31.
Thank you, Lord, for the world you created. May I strive to always choose to focus on the beauty and wonder of your great works. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Your friend in Christ,