A week ago, I noticed three tulips had blossomed in my flower garden. Within a couple days, several more. And soon, tulips were blossoming all over town, just in time for the annual tulip festival.
On a couple of days, the temperature was 79 degrees. enough to make me actually start spring cleaning!
Then we had a couple spring storms with scary thunder. Thus I felt ready to repost this poem in a blog.
Preview of Spring
Thank you, dear Lord, for the preview of spring.
Early this morning, I heard a bird sing.
Breezes feel gentle, not blustery cold.
Sunshine and blue skies are precious like gold.
Now the prediction of snow makes us cringe,
but, upon springtime our hopes do not hinge.
Jesus, who once stilled the storm, is still here
Telling us all through our lives, “Do not fear.”
by Judith Vander Wege
How does this tie in with the “I AM” statements of Jesus which we’ve started exploring lately in this column? When I reread this poem and thought about spring, I imagined Jesus saying to his disciples when he calmed the storm, and like in David Crowder’s song, “I AM Holding Onto You,” “do not fear.”
Jesus’ comforting words, “do not fear,” apply whether it is a physical storm or, perhaps, an emotional storm of grief or anger. He comforts us by assuring us “I am here. I’ve got you. You’re safe.”