Hooray! It is officially Spring! Isn't this just the best season? Last week, we were in Central Oregon where snow still covered my favorite hiking trails and the temperatures were only in the 40's; Spring comes a bit later in the North-West. When we got home the first thing I noticed was my neighbors tree in full bloom...yep, in a few short days, Spring had sprung. So I spent the day yesterday working in my backyard. With all of the rain this year, the weeds had taken over! With the sun on my shoulders and a light breeze in my hair, I communed with the hummingbirds and bees, the pill bugs and ants as I readied my garden for its own debut. That's what makes this time of year amazing, right? From the bare branches to the flowerless foliage everything is anticipating rebirth…

For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven: Ecc 3:1

During the Winter, things look dead, don't they? The scraggly, barren branches reach for the sky, yearning for Spring but all things come in their time. In the 1960's the Byrds wrote a now famous song based on these verses from Ecclesiastes called "Turn, Turn, Turn". What a great way to get the Word of God into the mainstream! Life most certainly has its seasons, don't you agree? There are times of incredible growth and times of dormancy, times of nourishing rains and depleting droughts but in all seasons, there is a purpose. Do we always enjoy this purpose? We don't but God has his reasons. This passage not only depicts the stark contrast of, say, love and hate but also the radical difference between our ambitions and God's. Nothing in this life is permanent. All of our accomplishments are fleeting. Just as my neighbors tree is poised to burst into full foliage, I know in 6 months our yard will be littered with its fallen leaves. There is a season...Wherever you find yourself, know that God is intentional. Whether you're waning into Autumn or buried beneath Winter, God's objective is eternal. As much as I love this time of year with its greenery and fragrance, I know this isn't as good as it gets. Nor will it stay this way. But, I also believe that there is so very much more that awaits us so lets turn, turn, turn and rejoice no matter the season.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jer 29:11 Msg

Be blessed

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Cynthia Walton

Cynthia is a wife of 21 years with 3 children and 3 amazing grandchildren. She's worn many hats as a member of Christ Community Church over the past 30 years from youth sponsor to church elder. Recently retired, she's able to pursue her many passions which include hiking, photography and travel. When she's home, you'll find her reading, writing or out in the garden.