Here is a contemplative cup of coffee for you this morning. Maybe it’s because the weather here is so not Spring-like. I shoveled snow off the driveway again a few days ago, and was very aware of the full-throated birdsong that accompanied that task. It is as if the birds are working overtime trying to call forth the energies of Spring.What a jarring juxtaposition of energies, winter’s cold snow and spring’s loud bird song.
The trees are just starting to bud out, and now their limbs are covered with snow. I don’t know what I am more grateful for: the fact the snow was only 6 or 7 inches’ worth this time and it only took part of my day to clear the drive or that I didn’t have to be thinking about mowing the lawn because it’s covered with snow.
The situation with the weather here is a perfect reflection of what is going on in the world. I can feel a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air, so I know ‘Spring’ (a time of newness and fresh growth) is in the offing, but I’m still shoveling snow off the driveway and I had to pull the winter coat and gloves back out because I thought the last storm we had was the last storm of the season.
The dichotomy is striking, and I have the awareness that in the midst of what appears to be winter still, Spring is also there. Or maybe I should say that while Spring is definitely on its way, there is still some snow shoveling that needs to be done. For awhile, we will need to remember to stay focused on the signs of Spring while still bundled in our winter coats shoveling snow off the driveway.
There is some wisdom to the suggestion to be prepared for anything. Don’t put that coat and those gloves away just yet! But stay hopeful. The trees are beginning to bud,and the flowers will start to bloom soon.
The birds are singing. Can you hear them?
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