For everything there is a season…

While we are still in the throws of winter, today gave us a little break from rain, snow, and cold.  The sun came out and it was absolutely beautiful.  We decided to take advantage of this fabulous day and head out into the yard to….. yes, rake leaves!  It’s February and there were still more leaves to rake! Our unexpected snow storm in November caught us off guard and there were a few stragglers out there.  We also had to cut up all of the large branches that came crashing down out of our trees during another storm in December!  

As I looked around the yard, it was definitely winter.  Everything was bare and brown and blah.  I thought about the groundhog seeing his shadow and having six more weeks of this.  I began to wonder if I will be able to sustain that long as I wait for green and warm to grace our earth.  Needing a picture to post today, I got out my camera. In search of the perfect picture, I began to look at things more closely – move away from the big picture to notice details.  I quickly had the realization that there are signs of spring out there… you just have to look more closely with a different perspective.  

How easy it is to miss the subtleties of spring when we are stuck in the doldrums of winter.  As I began to look around our yard through a different lens, the signs of spring were everywhere.  My hope were renewed!  Spring will show up (of course not on my time line!) and when it arrives it will be amazing!  

 Until then, as I keep my hope of spring locked away for now, I need to remember that winter has its purpose and for everything there is a season…

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