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The Awakening…

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Photo Courtesy of James Richman Photography.


Spend a few moments looking carefully at this beautiful photograph.  What does it make you think about?  How does it make you feel?

This amazing photo was taken by James Richman, a local photographer.  I’ve recently connected with him on FB and now get to see his work often.  This particular photo is one of many he took at a local sunflower field last August.  Breathtaking…

When I look the first thing that catches my eye is the sunshine.  The sun is rising… the beginning of a warm summer day.  In the forefront I notice the flowers are reaching toward the sun.  If you look closely at the entire field they all seem to be reaching for that sunlight.  Smart flowers they are… following the sun.  For they know that their nourishment comes from those rays and that warmth.

Winter if finally over and spring has awakened.  This week has afforded us sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures.  I’ve been inside trying to get my house in some form of order before heading back to work next week.  Every hour or so I have found myself looking for an excuse to be outside.  I’m like those sunflowers… reaching for that sunlight.  I’m sure I looked silly standing in the middle of the yard with my face pointed towards the sky!  I could feel warmth and peace wash over me.

Spring is such an amazing time of the year.  After a long winter, when life has been dormant, everything is now finding its way to the surface and yearning for light and warmth.  Tiny buds are brightening up tree branches.  Flowers are surfacing from the depths and adding color to our dreary winter-laden world.

Who can witness the wonders of spring and all of creation yearning for sunlight and warmth, and not believe in Him who created it all?  Just seeing the transformation of our maple tree in the past few days has been short of amazing.

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As I’m coming out of winter, I’m feeling the sense that I am much like that maple tree.  Life has been slow and winter-like.  As spring awakens, so am I.  This vacation I’ve been blessed with rest, accomplishments around the house, feeding my passions, and spending time with my love and friends.  All of those are helping to ready me for this new season.  I’m still a little leery… wanting to retreat back into my safe cocoon.  But I’m drawn to the sun…

…I’m drawn to the Son.  The anticipation of all that He has for me as I’m letting Him into every corner of my being.  I want to be safe and He says GO!  Step out!  Live!  For the first time in many years, I’m not dreading going back to work next week.  I’m excited for the remaining weeks to be filled with learning, challenges and a close to this school year.  Then that time to enjoy this amazing world that is opening up around us right now!  He is opening doors for some new adventures that I’m very excited about.  Stretching and growing adventures!  The possibilities are endless.  And those possibilities are beginning today!

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