As a San Diego native who migrated to the midwest almost 2 years ago, I have begun to think of my life in seasonal cycles. I’ve lived here for 2 complete season cycles now – and last Spring, I witnessed something that I have never seen before. Actually, all of the seasons here in Northeast Ohio have delighted me with experiences and weather I have never lived through (ex: humidity, fall foliage, snow!) BUT, last spring caught me by surprise… I didn’t even know, or expect, or THINK about what was happening, until it happened and delighted my senses more than I can even put into words… but I’ll try:
Last year, for the first time in my life, I saw the Earth come alive. I surely had never experienced that before in “Sunny San Diego” or even in Northern California where I lived for 15 years. After the cold, dreary, snowy, gloomy, rainy, cloudy, bleak black and white scene of a midwest winter, spring sprung and I got to witness the Earth “wake up” from a dormant sleep. The grass all of a sudden became a bright, neon, almost glowing, lush green – a kind of green I hadn’t really appreciated (until it was gone, and then back again). The trees and flowers and bushes started budding and colors began to explode from the Earth. The birds were singing their praises too, with little critters in the backdrop busy gathering food, playing and nesting. Witnessing the Earth wake up from a restoring slumber before my very eyes was truly a divine marvel, something I never knew was missing from my life.
This correlates beautifully with the “season” we are in as we collectively endure this “pandemical time”, together. We are in a dormant season now. A season that has torn down our everyday life as we know it. A time when many “distractions” of our lives have been silenced. It’s a time to search our souls for what God is saying to each of us. Now I do have to say, for the majority of us, the above is true. But for society’s heroes holding up the country on their shoulders – your time right now is war… fighting for all of us. But when this all subsides, you’ll emerge to mend and heal and rebuild, as we’ll all hopefully have a greater appreciation of life as we knew it.
While we are all reframing from embracing each other physically, I pray that we embrace this time spiritually… this time can be viewed as a gift. A gift to dig deeper into faith. A gift of rest from all the busy/schedule packed/gathering centered/activity driven life most of us led. The season will change but I pray through THIS season, we can embrace it, and seek the beauty through the “bleakness” of it all. I pray this dormant time will help bring about a greater joy and appreciation for the “mundane” things in life – on the other side. When this is over, we will get to slowly emerge and see our communities and families and churches… essentially our lives…come alive again. It’s in the season of darkness and gloom, the proverbial “black and white” scene, that cultivates a greater appreciation when the season changes – and the sun begins to shine!
AND, what a blessing we get to slow life down at this divinely delightful time to relish in the miracle of the Earth awakening….
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.