The Courage of Springtime

Spring is busting out all over! 

Or, at least, so it seems.  When we see the change of the season it looks like it is happening effortlessly. But if we were to watch it through slow motion, we would see that it is not quite as easy and quick as it seems.

Change of any kind is not easy.  It often requires not just effort but courage as well.  For me, spring is a time of courage.  It is a time of breaking out, moving forward and become something different than previously it had been.

Think about the holidays we celebrate during spring.  Passover is the story of the Israelites going through, not just change of where they live, but also a change in spiritual consciousness needed to allow them to enter the Promise Land. 

Palm Sunday is about Jesus leaving a place of safety to enter Jerusalem, a place of danger and challenges in order to fully realize God’s Will for him.  Without Holy Week, a time of great difficulty, Jesus would not have been transformed from Jesus to Christ.   

Spring is a season of bursting forth, pushing through winter – a time of long nights, cold days and a ground that is hard and seemingly devoid of life – but then blossoming forth into the full realization of Nature’s purpose for it.  Much of nature requires a time of struggle or hibernation to become the beauty of what we see in spring. The caterpillar goes through great pain to become a butterfly.  Flowers bloom often in spite of winter still hanging on, and blades of grass push forth through almost impossible physical conditions.

Nothing in life changes without some pain and discomfort.  Spiritual growth is at its greatest not through the easy times but the times of struggle or the “dark nights of the soul”, That doesn’t make it any easier, but it is that glimmer of hope that helps us through the challenges life often presents to us.

Are you going through some challenging times right now?  I know I am!

The good news is, that through these most challenging times, I will eventually experience the greatest joys and a deeper connection with my Higher Power.  Although it may seem like it would have been nice to just stay as things were, I know that these times of challenge are part of God’s will for me so that I, too, can experience the blossoming into whatever is next.  

It takes faith, and trust, but also courage, to keep moving forward amidst the challenges, the tears, and the pain in order to experience the beauty and wonder of springtime for my soul. 

Quote of the Week

“It’s good to do uncomfortable things.  It’s weight training for life.”

Anne Lamott

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