We’ve had a few false starts to spring this year. More than once I’ve been fooled into running to the garden centers to see their latest flats of bedding plants, herbs and vegetables. And when I put them outside sure enough there’s a cold snap, even a couple of nights of late frost burning the tender edges of the leaves.
There are many plants that come up year after year bravely through the snow. Crocus, daffodil. This year I had a periwinkle that bloomed.
Some of the little flowers seem so fragile, delicate and tender it amazes me that they are completely unaffected by such a forbidding chill
The bracken fern emerge very gradually, at first tight-fisted, their little fiddleheads clenched against the cold
gradually then the sun’s warmth unfurling those little green fronds that grip so closely to stay alive
(rescue dog Lulu patiently waiting to the right of the fern)
When I was little Sundays and church were a big part of my week. I looked forward to the friendliness and warmth, the bustle of families drifting into their respective Sunday school classes.
Children generally accept most things and question very little but I tended to be distracted easily so I can clearly remember some time after a particular lesson wondering why my teacher told us about somebody wandering around in the desert. Only later did I realize he meant Jesus’ 40 days being tempted by the devil.
And that was about the time I also realized that the ecumenical calendar was the same year after year. We spoke the same prayers, celebrated the same events of Pentecost, Christmas, Easter and the years were not flat, repetitive. It is an upward spiral.
The truth of those lessons and prayers reflecting the life and love of Jesus becomes clearer. I paid attention. I hear His admonitions, His instructions, the meaning of taking up my own cross. The cross of humility, of selflessness, of love.
I hope one day those prayers take precedence over whatever smallness remains in me. Eventually.
“When they had brought their boats to land they left everything, and followed Him.” —- Luke 5:11