The mild fall that we have had has allowed me to spend more time in the yard. I have been planting and transplanting and raking leaves. My husband was working also, creating piles of branches.
He has a chain saw and after he took down one tree he found lots of branches to trim. Something about climbing ladders and using the saw—I saw the boy in my husband. The clean-up was not as interesting, so I became involved.
As I cut up branches and filled yard bags I discovered something I hadn’t noticed before. All the branches had buds for the spring. I looked at the cherry tree and the maple tree and saw the promise of spring already on the limbs.
I walked around to the cottonwood tree. The buds weren’t as noticeable, but they were there. When winter comes, God is already planning for spring.
The promise of spring is in the Bible. Can you imagine what it was like to be a disciple at the Last Supper with Jesus? After Judas left Jesus explained that he was going away.
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me afterward.” John 13: 36
The winter was coming, but not without the promise of spring.
“Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14: 1-3
We may become depressed with the chaos in our culture. It may be like winter. God is still sovereign, and Jesus asks us to be obedient. God has planned the seasons of life and the return of Jesus Christ.
Let us always look for the signs of spring!