Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring means new life

The older I get, the more I love spring. Spring means new life after a long winter.

Seeing the world come back to life is amazing.

One of my favorite things about spring is sitting in my bay window right now: seedlings. We are going to plant a garden this year so we are growing some of our own plants. I love to watch the little seedlings stretch out of the dirt, some still clinging to the hull of the seed that brought them life.

I witnessed this miracle for the first time in Michigan. We had a large garden and I enjoyed watching the plants grow and develop. The fact that one small seed could produce hundreds of green beans, melons, tomatoes or peppers is still wondrous to me.

One small seed, planted in the ground quietly dies and is gloriously transformed into something bigger, better and beneficial to humanity.

In Romans 1 Paul writes, "Ever since the creation of the world (God's) invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made."

When I witness the miracle of the seed, I think of this verse
because what happened to the seed happened to Jesus, who died and then was placed in a tomb. Three days later, he rose again into something glorious, new and better--a new covenant, a new life for those who believe and beneficial to humanity.

There are other lessons to learn from the garden and from nature, so perhaps I will write about those later. This lesson, however, is one of my favorites. New life, resurrection, is why we celebrate Easter. That is why we live in hope throughout the long winter and welcome spring.

Written by Lisa Gossman-Steeves

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