With so much gorgeous color all around in Spring it is natural to stop and notice it. In fact men and women have so admired flowers and other parts of nature they have made duplicates of them. I remember seeing a house in freezing November with what appeared to be blooming flowers in front. I took a closer look and discovered they were artificial flowers. Someone had “planted” artificial flowers in their yard by the sidewalk. Anyone who walked past regularly or who looked closely could see they were not real.
How is it each Spring we are treated to such extraordinary beauty that fades and leaves us in the Fall. This is like many other good things in life, friends come into our life and then leave, we have a beautiful experience and then it becomes just a memory. We grow up and experience the prime of life and then the beauty we had as young people begins to fade.
It seems to me that these wonderful things are a call to surrender to something greater than ourselves. They come in unexpectedly and then as hard as we try to hold them, they fade away.
It also seems to me that we can just see these things as incidentals or we can see them as gifts from a Creator who has a wildly artistic ability that both pleases the eye and delights the soul. For the Creator these things may be mere incidentals, beauty that flows out and around like a bubbling spring. For us they are precious in our eyes.
The question remains, do we see these things as just products of blind, arbitrariness or the deliberate creative acts of a Genius seeking relationship. And do we appreciate them enough to let them go when the time comes. I’m reminded of the words of Solomon who said many years ago:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot, (Ecclesiastes 3:1–2 (NIV)
I hope you enjoy this short video peaking at the wonders of Spring.