Snow Cat (Photo credit: clickclique)
It is March 1st today and there is no sign of warmer weather in the Pacific Northwest. I was reminded of the saying, “In like a Lion, out like a Lamb” and sure hope that will be true this year – as we are all freezing here!
I was born in Calgary, Alberta and up until I turned 8 years old. I am a March baby and I remember snow on my birthday every year when living in Canada. But from then until a few years ago I had not seen snow on my birthday here in Washington State. March is typically rainy in western Washington – but usually not cold enough to snow. However the weather patterns have been slowly changing and the things I don’t remember in the seasons 40 years ago, or even 10 years ago – are indeed happening today.
And so we make a fire almost every night – bundle up when we go outside to take a walk and try to stay warm in the house during the day – and pray for warmer weather to finally arrive.
And so Happy March to all of you whether you are in cold weather or experiencing spring already. We will more than likely catch up with you at the end of the month when we get that “out like a lamb” kind of feeling. Lambs are definitely much more preferred right now in Seattle 🙂
- March…In Like A Lion? (boston.cbslocal.com)
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I was out for a walk today and noticed the brilliant colors of flowers on trees and bushes. I also noticed something peculiar. Healthy bushes next to dead ones. Life and death right next to each other. A beautiful and healthy bush – full and lush with bright flowers in abundance – next to a withered up and dead plant. Why was one alive and thriving – and the other one in the same yard, dead? It didn’t make any sense to me. I came across other dead looking bushes around the neighborhood and was surprised to see that these were not just in an abandoned or neglected yard – but also in ones that were meticulously cared for. Sometimes there is nothing really wrong. Sometimes it just is what it is. It’s the circle – a time for life and a time for death.
It was a puzzle for me. Life is a little like this – life next to death – color next to black and white. Openness next to closed and shut up. A heart with a song – a life with no meaning. Some people flourish and bloom where they are planted – others stop living, wither up and die. And like in nature sometimes it is because there was not enough nourishment to the roots – or reason to live – sometimes it was just because it was the time to die.
Is there a time when death can become life? New from old? How did it change you? Is there time to let something or someone go? Have you ever had to do this in your own life?
Below is a little slideshow of some of the beauty in my neighborhood as I walked along. I’m taking you along on my walk today – sharing a little of this with you.
Enjoy the color of Seattle – drink it in.
rounds the bend
filling up my senses – replacing the cold
like a long lost friend
Trees flaunt their finery
the sun kisses the new buds
my spirit soars
my soul floods
Ever in a hurry
to throw off it’s heavy layer
and with new resolved purpose
a consummate player
Mountains shed their winter coat
water rushes in liberation
Every flower, plant and tree
all of creation
Sunshine and rain
birds singing in the morning
sounds of nature
All of this and more
Dedicated to all my junior high students auditioning today for the singing parts in our spring musical: “Beauty and the Beast”.
Good Luck Everyone!!
Last year Greg and I read a book together on marriage. In one of the chapters the author talked about the “seasons” of marriage. It was interesting and stimulated much conversation. I think many of the things in this book could also be applied to each one of us individually – as we are all on a journey.
This usually applies to the times of our life when things are going well. Like a hot lazy summer afternoon – No problems – no crisis – nothing to get too excited about – You’re in a comfortable pattern of life and things are happening in a predictable and even comfortable way – no real work required – just coasting nicely along. You sleep well – you’re enjoying life – and everything is good.
Usually the fall of our lives is a time of a “shaking up” of the mundane and comfortable. You can’t always see “sunny skies” anymore or what’s coming – things happen – life happens. It can be a ripping and tearing of things that are dear to you. In the fall – leaves turn color – fall off and die. This season of our lives can be stormy. There is a chill in the air – and a faint memory of better times.
This is the hardest season of all – in marriage and in our individual lives. It can come and last for many years. This is the barren time – the time when warm days seem far away – and praying and hoping for them seem hopeless – there is no relief in sight. Sadness and depression come in the winter of our lives. People have hurt us – we’ve lost a loved one – we think God has abandoned us. We question everything. We wonder what we did to deserve this. And it is a hopeless bottomless pit. God is very near during this season – and is doing His deepest work in us during the trials and pain. Bringing healing and restoration to our hearts.
And then God. He brings life from death – hope from despair – mourning into JOY! In the spring of our lives we find validation for the winter. Reasons that now become clear to us. A weight is lifted off our chest as we begin to see clearly how the winter was indeed our “friend”. And how near God was to us as we were so near to defeat and plunging into a “dark place”. Spring brings color and texture to our winter world – new life buds all around us – we feel alive and free. Creativity and self expression burst forth and we become ever grateful for blessing – and appreciate the little things life has to offer.
What season are you in today? Do you find things good? Then you are probably in a “summer” season of life – Praise God for summer! I would live there all the time if I had my way. But maybe you’re in the “winter”. I’ve been there. I did most of my growing in that season. It was cold and uncomfortable but I heard God speak to me more during that season than any other time in my life. If you find yourself in that season today – allow Him to do the healing work in your life and heart. “Spring” is just around the corner – and when the timing is right – it will be there for you.
Maybe you are in the “fall” or “spring” of your life. I am finding myself in the “spring” right now. I appreciate the journey and God’s hand on my life through the “winter” season. I will never again take things for granted – but find the value in each relationship in my life – and find a way to love and encourage those around me to do the same.
I am praying for you