Every season has its own unique beauty, however, for me, Spring just has that special edge.
When Spring arrives something wonderful and miraculous happens… we are surrounded by a plethora of colour!!! Just try stopping me from running around the garden, the parks and meadows soaking in the radiance and fragrance of God’s creation and at this moment I feel like singing and dancing with joy at even the thought of it!
Ever since I can remember I have always loved colour… it is so utterly amazing to see and perceive the magnificence of God’s handiwork… the beautiful carpets of golden daffodils, bluebells, tulips, and forget-me-nots… to name but only a few… appearing on our riverbanks, gardens and parks every year.
On warm, sunny spring mornings I am overjoyed and filled to the brim with excitement to see the apple and cherry blossom on the trees and all of God’s creation coming to life again.
William Blake [English Romantic artist and poet 1757-1827] once wrote:
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour”
I love the scripture translation from The Message Bible in Luke 12 verses 25-28 where Jesus says: “Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? Walk in the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance – but have you ever seen colour and design quite like it? The ten best dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?”
As a Pilgrim Artist I discover the precious cameos of life on “The Way”. On Mother’s Day many years ago I gave my Mother a gift of miniature daffodils in a plant pot… however when the flowers eventually faded I said to her ”I think I shall plant them in the garden now and see if they will come back up again next year”.
Lo and behold, the following year those little green shoots made their way up through the cold, dark earth and had survived the rain, hail, frost and snow! These same beautiful daffodils still come up year after year… that was twenty-three years ago!!! My dear Mother has passed to the Lord since then, however, the miracle of the daffodils always reminds me of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In John 11:25 we read “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and life… whoever believes in me will live even though he dies.” These words of Jesus give us Peace.
“Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.In John 3:16 we read “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.”
As a little girl I used to worry terribly about not seeing my Mother again when the time came for her to die… I used to think “where do people go to when they die?”… in hindsight the Lord must have known that I had this fear in me and lovingly engineered the whole “Daffodil Episode”. I now have blessed assurance that we shall meet loved ones again… in Heaven. Praise the Lord!!!
Thank you Lord Jesus …that in the Song of Songs 2:11-13 we read: “See winter is past, the rains are over and gone… flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land”.
Thank You, Lord Jesus that by Your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free and You are the Saviour of the world… Amen.
May Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit grant us a blessed and a joy-filled Spring!!! And may our eyes be ever open and enlightened to continue to appreciate and love the beauty of Almighty God’s wonderful world! Amen.
Sarah T. C. Bookless, Christian Artist
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