Spring Fever

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A robin sitting on a tree branch.

Alexandrea Sams, Contributor

Spring is here again and with it comes new life. There’s nothing quite like the fragrance of earth on a warm spring day when the plants begin to blossom. This is the time of year that trees and bushes that looked as if they were dead, suddenly spring to life! It is the miracle of spring.

We begin watching for signs of spring as early as February 2nd when we wait to see if the groundhog sees his shadow. The legend says that if the groundhog comes out and doesn’t see his shadow then spring is on the way. However, if he does happen to see his shadow he will be frightened and hide back in his den, meaning we will experience another six weeks of winter. By the time March hits we are all ready for spring after dealing with the cold months of winter we had, and many people are hoping that he doesn’t see his shadow.

The word spring is actually from Old English meaning, “the place of rising or issuing as in a wellspring, the source of a stream or spring.” Spring doesn’t happen at the same time every year. According to Vernal Equinox, which is the time that the sun crosses directly over the equator, spring visits every year around March 20th or 21st, but the time and date vary slightly. The reason for some confusion over why the dates vary slightly is because it can happen on either day and it also depends on where you happen to live on planet earth. The calculations are not exact either and differ by quite a few minutes according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. It goes by the Gregorian calendar and takes a leap year into account as well. The time is computed in Universal Time to be able to figure it out while using the Vernal Equinox.

Although spring is now here, we have yet to see very many days of mild weather that we can really get out and do something in our gardens or yards. There is a quote by Henry Van Dyke that says, ” The first day of Spring is one thing, but the first spring day is quite another.” He is certainly correct in saying this because the difference can be as great as a month sometimes. We still get excited though! The word spring even has a cheery ring to it that makes us feel more energetic. We long to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather, look at all the new growth and even catch a glimpse of some new life. Baby deer and rabbits are coming out to see the world for the first time as well as ducklings and young birds. Happy yellow daffodil blooms are popping open and trees are beginning to bud. The department stores have put out their spring stock, displaying flowers and planting supplies, colorful clothing and even some Easter items. While all these things are beautiful and exciting in their own way, there’s something about a change in season that builds a different kind of excitement in us.

As spring arrives we should celebrate the daffodils poking through the soil and welcome home the robins. But we should also celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Springtime is a reminder of all things made new and that is exactly what happened when Christ died for us and rose again. He made us new again. He took that sin that was covering us and dirtying our hearts and put it on himself. We were cleansed under the shed of his blood and our spirits were made new. He wiped the slate clean so that we might be with him when he returns to take us home. All of these new beginnings in Spring don’t just come with the changing of the seasons. They’re also apart of our faith and our lives. God says it best in his Word:

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and a river in the desert.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 – “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”

Revelation 21:5 – “Then he who sat on the throne said ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And he said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’ ”

Be grateful that God doesn’t leave us in our old circumstances. Instead of yearning for things that are not promising in your life. Long for his presence in your life and the new things he will bring into your life. All of the big dreams and tasks you have, he will make them happen and when they arrive greet them with the same enthusiasm as the flowers that are blooming outside your window. Hopefully, if we invest our time in him like we are supposed to, we will blossom just as beautifully as the flowers.