The Gift of Spring

May 2011 105

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

After a long harsh winter, spring is a welcome friend. Spring is a funny type of friend. It is the friend that flits in and out on a whim. You never know when spring will visit or how long spring will stay. Spring always keeps you guessing, it keeps you wondering and keeps you on your toes. Springtime brings sunshine and longer daylight. It brings rain to wash away the dirt and breathes new life into the soil. Spring is the season in Minnesota that feels the shortest sometimes because winter is so long and summer comes quickly.

Spring helps us look at life realistically. Life is always changing, throwing us curve balls and keeping us on our toes. Nature gives a fresh perspective on what God provides us in life. After a long harsh winter, which, let’s be real, we all experience from time to time, God brings in the spring. God breathes new life into us, he gives us light to boost us, he brings in his healing rain to wash over us and make us new.

Spring is a wonderful time of year to get the kids outside and enjoy nature. Walk, talk and really listen to your kids. What are your kids going through? What are they excited about? How can you seize the moment and share God’s love and grace with them? Children give fresh perspective, they have great insight. One of my fondest memories of my childhood is lying in the grass or on the deck, looking at the clouds to find shapes and animals. I met God in those moments. I felt him and talked to him. I remember it like it was yesterday. In the busyness of life, we can often miss these moments. As parents, let’s model “stopping to smell the roses.” Let’s provide moments for our children to just soak in God and who he is. He is good, he is present and he is love, a springtime gift.

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