When we sold our house and “moved” to our lake house while we remodeled the new/old house we bought (are you following along OK?), it was early January. Cold, snowy, cloudy, gloomy, sickly January. We remarked at the time how encouraging it would be to travel the route from the lake to our hometown as the weather moved into springtime.
Now, it IS Spring, in all of its glory. With day-to-day sprouting, budding, opening, blooming, and rebirth.
Changing from barren and shivering, to greening and growing. What a delight!
This cold snap we are having now is Redbud Winter. These pink/magenta/mauve (not red!) trees are beautiful and so welcome, best viewed with a backdrop of evergreens. And their appearance in full bloom marks the first of several stages of the process of changing from winter to summer.
Redbud, Dogwood, Locust, Blackberry, and Cotton Britches Winters come when Old Man Winter can’t quite decide to leave and holds on for another brief visit. But each one gets warmer and shorter and we rejoice as we mark each one off the calendar.
The dogwood trees are already starting to bloom out and soon we will have large beautiful white (or pink) flowers and another cold snap to go along with them. Another step towards shorts-wearing days. Another celebration.
Maybe just in time for Easter this year. If you know the Legend of the Dogwood, you’ll recognize the appropriateness of that timing as we see the Cross in each dogwood blossom, with the crown of thorns in the center and the dent of the nails at the outside of each petal.
Spring brings new life and new hope – every year. My thankfulness overflows.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17