One of my favorite books while growing up was “Spring Came On Forever” by Bess Streeter Aldrich.
It tells the story of two young people and spans three generations of their families as there are marriages, they move west, and help build new cities and towns. It’s an old-fashioned romance, telling of harsh winters, miserable hardships, and brutal disappointments.
One of the things that always stuck in my memory though were the words spoken by the heroine of the story, Amalia: Ist is besser unsre Liebe zu gedenken als es war im Fruhyahr. “Is is better to remember our love as it was in the springtime.”
Springtime is a time of re-birth, or old things passing away and a chance for fresh starts. Who doesn’t love spring?
Maybe my thoughts are on this upcoming season right now because Spring doesn’t seem to be arriving very early this year–at least with over two feet of snow still on the ground (and more coming down most every day) it appears months and months away.
It’s easy to get discouraged.
But Spring does come every year. “For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
So just as it comes every year, spring will arrive at my house with all its glory–bringing with it soft rains, song birds, green grass, and flowers poking their heads through the warm soil.
Aren’t God’s promises wonderful? I can hardly wait!