On Friday it was 76 degrees here. It was beautiful! I wore flip-flops all day and did my hair in funky-summer knots and frolicked barefoot across the warm green grass. It was … GLORIOUS.
And, apparently, it was only a glimpse, because right now this is what I see out my window.
WELCOME, FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
They say it will turn to rain within the hour, but we’ll see. We already have well over an inch out there and it’s still descending with strength.
It amuses me that this, of all years, is the year I vowed not to complain about winter. This winter, the one in which we received well over 60″ of snow. And I’ve done a pretty good job! I’ve focused on the positive. I’ve stated observations, but have worked hard not to internalize angst. And it paid off!
Imagine that: something God says actually works! Of course it works!!! He says to think on good things and I reaped the benefits. This morning both kids immediately started complaining when they looked out their windows. (They love snow, but even they have had enough this year.) The first thing that popped into my head and out my mouth was Philippians 4:4.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!”
And I meant it.
Some people might view last Friday and Saturday as a tease. I see it as proof of God’s love. He knew we were getting to the end of it. No matter how hard we try to be positive, we eventually run out of strength. This winter was zapping all of us up here. The weekend was a glimpse of God’s love, a bolster to our hope. Spring is coming. It will be here before we know it.
Surely there’s some spiritual parable here about enduring trials for the rewards that follow. Something about mercies being new in the morning and the sun always rising for those who persevere. But maybe it’s just a joyful reminder of God’s faithfulness. You decide.
In the meantime, I’m still rejoicing.