Monday, March 21, 2011

In A Word: Spring

Spring 2011 is officially here! I am so excited! I love Spring with its cool mornings, warm afternoons with little humidity, and its peaceful evenings and extra hour of daylight! Spring is that brief time between winter and summer that (like fall) is absolutely perfect temperature wise!

Spring is also a wonderful time to be outdoors. Walking in the mornings and afternoons gives me time to dwell on God and allow Him to bring to mind His Word for the day. Psalm 121 (my mother's favorite verses) often comes to mind with its beautiful description of God's presence and strength. Verses one and two says, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

I remember taking horseback riding lessons as a kid in junior high. We were taught to ride with our backs straight, heads held high, and eyes looking straight ahead. On one occasion I fell from the horse and was a little shaky getting back on and trying again. My instructor reminded me to keep my head up and my eyes forward. As soon as I looked up, I caught site of the beautiful, green tree line in the distance. Spring was just getting started and the trees that were once bare, we're now bursting forth with color and life. By looking up to the hills (in this case the trees), I was reminded that my help and strength comes from the Lord and not myself. I was able to ride with confidence knowing the Lord was with me. Even to this day when I go walking, bike riding, or occasionally horseback riding, I look to the horizon for that assurance that God is with me and will provide all that I need.

Verses five and six also find their way into my thoughts often. These verses state, "The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day..." Spring brings us all out doors more, but the bright sun often drives us back inside much earlier than we wish. It is such a relief to find cool shade under a nice, lush, green tree! We can enjoy more time outdoors without getting too hot. What a beautiful blessing to know that God looks out for us in this small yet powerful way! The same is true in life. When we find ourselves under pressure and feel the burn of the demands of the day, we can seek our Father's help and find cool, refreshing relief in the shade of His presence.

The whole chapter of Psalm 121 (click on link to read) is only eight verses, but they are eight verses filled with powerful words of encouragement and comfort. It is a delight to read the loving words of the Father. Keep these verses close this spring and always and may the Lord "preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore" (Psalm 121:8).

2 comments:

  1. I needed these words today. Thank you so much for sharing!

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