Cold creeps along, snatching the warmth from life within;
It fights to keep life – to look for light of day.
It was there not long ago, as the birds sang and nature
In the cold, the orange comes forth to yield its fruit,
The juice within; the taste that sweetens the mind.
Leaves relax, awaiting time to renew;
Absorb the sun, the rain, the warmth that departed.
Awake sweet tree; stand tall; bloom forth and invite that which shares in your beauty; multiply as Creator ordained.
Your blooms bright, you spread forth, ready to start new life again.
Too, Japanese plum, once living in another place,
Planted anew, will you live?
You wait, and you pause, waiting for that time.
Awww, I see you develop – the green enveloping.
In time you grow, move beyond just being still, wondering your life call.
Now absorb the light, warmth from the sun, soaking moisture
through your roots.
Will you soon show your colors, spreading your blooms too?
I’m glad you lived, and growing too.
You can’t wait to show others, you too can produce.
It won’t be long and blossoms spring forth – yielding plum – fruit through strife.
These were my thoughts this weekend as I saw the orange tree budding. The Japanese plum (originating in China) was replanted from another place in my yard to a place where it could have more sunlight. It lay dormant with no leaves until the tiny shoots began to form. Now it is really growing.
What about our lives? Do we lay dormant awaiting the warmth and glow of the sun? God is certainly there to bring us forth to new life as his love envelopes us, shining upon us, encouraging us to spring forth – trusting Him and bringing forth the fruit of life.
When we discuss spring and how the earth seems to regenerate, I think there are applications to our physical, mental and spiritual lives as well.
Why not look at our natural surroundings and compare?
When winter arrives it typically demonstrates that fall preceded it resulting in the natural environment becoming dormant. Leaves dry and fall, and nourish the earth. Trees, vegetation and even wildlife itself practically draws within. There is a lull of life, so it seems. And we’re lonely.
Then NEW LIFE springs forth with all its vibrant colors and freshness. It’s like that which was dead is now alive. I for one am appreciative of the NEW LIFE – physically, mentally and spiritually; and have embraced it.
Even our bodies want to regenerate physically. We’ve been somewhat sedentary for a season. They may become more hesitant to move quickly again, or maybe they lost some of the pizazz and strength.
This slow-down of our lives and the environment around us no doubt can affect our mental being as well. We ponder on the gloom and cold too much without thinking ahead of the vibrancy of spring. We need new growth and recovery with our own physical and mental lives.
Pondering on the past spring of life and the dormancy stage of our lives can and will affect our mental picture of life itself. Let’s think again of the spring of our lives and regenerate to even a new way of thinking.
Well, how about the spiritual as well? Maybe we have never given it much thought. Maybe we have thought about it before and discounted it. Maybe we recall a time when we were spiritual and then our progress slowed. Or maybe we feel disappointed in our lack of spiritual regeneration or growth, or someone has let us down.
Part of Wikipedia’s definition of “spiritual” mentions that it traditionally refers to a religious process of reformation which “aims to recover the original shape of man, oriented at ‘the image of God’ as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world.”
It seems that all of humankind is in search of something or someone to help regenerate us – to shape us – toward our destiny or calling of life.
While there are beliefs around the world so varied as practically the sand on the seashore we still search.
Life is too short to not enjoy it, right? Doesn’t God want us to enjoy our lives and the creation He has established around us? I know there are many who are searching and many who do not consider an absolute or higher being. That’s each person’s decision and he or she has the right to individual beliefs.
Is it befitting though that the Christian Easter season coincides with spring? Easter represents NEW LIFE as recorded in New Testament recordings.
Google’s definition of Easter identifies this special time as “the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.”
Compare Google’s definition of Easter to Wikipedia’s definition that modern spirituality is centered on the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.” Expansion of this definition states: “It embraces the idea of an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality. It envisions an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being.”
The word “resurrection” is referenced in Wikipedia as the “concept of coming back to life after death. In a number of ancient religions, a dying-and-rising god is a deity which dies and resurrects. The death and resurrection of Jesus, an example of resurrection, is the central focus of Christianity.”
There are numerous accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian’s New Testament. I like how Luke, one of Jesus’ disciples, documented the resurrection of Christ.
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”8 Then they remembered his words.” Luke 24 (New International Version)
While Jesus lived here on Earth his ministry was about LOVE and PEACE through God. He talked about drawing all people through Him to God. He talked about providing abundant life to all who believed and trust in Him.
The butterfly reminds me of the old life and how it served a purpose, created as a caterpillar. It then died to self for a higher purpose. This too reminds me of a transformation in life.
So, is it worth the opportunity to leave the dead and dread of winter in our lives to spring forth into hope as Jesus Christ mentioned? He talked about providing abundant life, not death. I think that’s a great sign of hope and spiritual rebirth that will complement our mental and physical regeneration as well.
As our external environment springs forth we have a choice to allow or disallow the internal being to spring forth also. I’m sure happy with my choice and feel that I’m experiencing abundant LIFE today.
Let’s spring forth with color and brightness with new life to help the world wherein we are placed. Besides, our season is too short to not live life abundantly here before moving on.