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by Leigh Moran
Spring of the year will be upon us soon. If you are like me, I truly am ready for the Glorious bursting of New Life!
In my February column I spoke of living in pain and that is still there. However, God has certainly lifted my spirits since I last wrote. Prayers are ever being lifted up for me, this I know because I feel what God is doing for my very being.
Now, I am able to look forward with Hope in my heart, a song on my lips, and a smile on my face.
I am not a “beautiful woman” by any means, however, my picture on my column does not do me justice as I am not smiling. The sun was in my eyes (need to get a new picture posted). What I want to say is last week when I was having so very much pain I had to go out to do a little shopping.
My husband dropped me off at one of our big box stores and I waited for him to come in to get me a riding cart. As I was standing in the vestibule a woman comes by and says to me, “You are so pretty, you look so good in that color, you brightened my day just seeing you standing there,” and on and on she went as she continued praising me as she walked into the other door to the store.
As soon as she went in another woman, on the other side was coming out of the store door and basically said the same sentiments to me. She was telling me what a lovely smile I had, etc.
Well, that took me a little bit to ponder what was happening. All I can say is that God knew I needed some cheering up that day. I had felt sad, sorry for myself, a little big angry with my husband because I thought he had dropped the ball helping me again before we left home. I felt no hope.
But, I had decided to dress and be the nicest, kindest and “happy smile person” I could be going out into the world while feeling so bad inside.
I guess those people saw in me what God sees in me, not the cranky person who is in so much pain.
So as I went into the store, without the riding cart, (it was not charged) pushing the regular cart, I did have a “slow spring in my step and a big smile on my face and in my heart.” Albeit, I did this “walk very slowly.”
This event made me realize that there is Hope for us and we must depend, always on God to bring us around to feeling better, whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally.
Yesterday I went to mail a package at the local shipping store, I go there at least once a month. They were not busy so the one lady that helps me and I were able to converse. She also asks how I am doing and has followed “the painful” happenings in my life.
I am a very open person and she opened up to me and told me a little about herself and what was going on in her life. My heart went out to her as I listened and then God, again, allowed me to see that other people are going through tragedies more difficult than mine.
So, the Spring of the year allows us to see the rebirth of the flowers, of young animal life being born, trees bursting forth with their luscious leaves and knowing the Glory of the Eastertide is coming very soon.
How much Glory we should give to God for allowing us to renew in body, mind and spirit! Our bodies can never be young again as we are aging daily, but we do know that because Jesus died on the Cross for us we are assured of a New body in Heaven.
So, I look forward to watching the Daffodils burst forth in the Golden Yellows, the cute little Crocuses as they push their little happy blooms above the cold ground, assuring us, that yes, it IS once again Spring.
I once read that if you are facing any type of concern during the early spring of the year that that is a perfect time to plant some seeds, inside, and watch them grow so you can look forward to planting them outside when the time is right.
This is very good advice, so I hope you will do so. I am going to plant some flower and vegetable seeds before I have my hip surgery and I look forward to being able to plant them outside (or supervise, anyway, my hubby planting them) and watch God’s Hands at work in my life.
I pray that wherever you are in your life or whatever ups and downs are in your life that you will recognize the Beautiful Renewing of our world that God gives to us. God Bless each of you and give you Hope!
I remain His humble servant,