The First Signs


Tiny nubs of green slowly appear heralding the arrival of the earth’s cycle to warmer times. The ascent of life, long laying dormant, is coaxed out of its slumber into light. The time for renewal has come.

forsythia bush

Spring’s arrival comes in the midst of turbulent weather: strong thunderstorms, erratic temperature changes that dramatically swing up and down and winds that can blow a house down.  These small sprigs of life blossom out of this difficulty, vibrant and brightly hued.  Delicate flowers born out of adversity; not the hardier variety of later days; those hot, humid days of summer.

This time of year is my favorite for nature watching.  I’m encouraged by the first glimpses of the earth waking up.  The evidence of hope revealing itself as the splendors of God are brought out of the dark and into the light. Nature rejoicing.

forsythia blossom

I’ve experienced the winter seasons of hardship, heartache, the numbing coldness of hurt, times of lifelessness when hope was only a figment.  Then, a tiny nub of possibility begins and I’m reinvigorated with the promise of rebirth and awakened to that promise of possibility to come once again.

What tiny nub is blooming in your life?



“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”  Romans 8:20,21 NIV Bible

2 thoughts on “The First Signs

  1. Mimi, I love your growing photo skills. The pictures alone are a fresh encouragement to my winter-weary soul. The tiny nub in my life is God’s calling to write publicly. I’ve felt “pregnant” with desire for years, but now is the time and this is the season of spring for me! It’s wonderful to see little buds here and there.

    Visiting from (in)courage writers!

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