Today is the first day of spring, and this was the view out my window–not exactly “spring-like” according to my definition:
I would have a light, bright blue sky dotted with fluffy, white clouds. Robins would be hunting worms in the yard and sparrows would be singing in the trees. Crocuses would be blooming and the forsythia would be just about to burst out in a mass of yellow. The sky would be a light, bright blue dotted with fluffy, white clouds. But–uh oh!–I forgot–
I’m not in charge! (Ever done that?! Please say yes!) Situations–my life–might not be as I would make or prefer, but my perspective is earthly and flawed; my vision is limited. I may want blue skies when snow if falling, totally unaware of some greater need or reason.
So, enough of my imperfect and flawed plans. “This is the day the LORD has made,” we read in Psalm 118:24. “Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
I may be wearing flannel-lined jeans and a wool sweater, but I will rejoice in this first day of spring the Lord has made for this year. I will paint my toenails robins’ egg blue. I will put a new bar of soap at my kitchen sink: cucumber and lemon grass. I will have a salad of tender lettuce leaves and a cup of tomato soup for lunch. Then I will curl up on the sofa under a cozy blanket and watch the snow continue to fall, and I will remember that the LORD is the great Creator. What better way to begin the birth of a new spring than with a fresh wash of pure white. “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7) Let’s rejoice, and be glad in this day the LORD has made!
Ever heard that phrase? I remember it from long ago, and it always seemed to give me a giggle, thinking about some crazy rabbit running around in circles or leaping over boxwoods as soon as the calendar flipped to March.
Now, I’m “All Grown Up”–or at least as grown up as I can be so far–and I know that rabbits don’t follow calendars, but that got me to thinking…that and a concert I attended a few days ago.
Three of my friends and I drove a couple of hours south and went to a wonderful Christian concert featuring several fantastic bands and musicians. It was a time beyond wonderful. We enjoyed the music and each had our favorites. We did agree on one thing though–we loved looking around the arena and seeing so many people praising and glorifying God and Jesus. We were so thankful to have been a part of that. Those musicians were truly using their gifts to praise and glorify God and Jesus.
What does attending and listening to some Christian musicians have to do with a mad March hare? Good question! There’s no wild March hare here, but enter my wild March idea:
What if EACH ONE OF US used our gift to praise and glorify God and Jesus? Can you imagine the difference that would make? Instead of lives centered on ourselves and what we’re doing and how we’re doing, we’d have lives centered on God and what he’s doing and how Jesus did it! It’s really living 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Bakers could make cookies or cakes in the shapes of hearts and pipe Jesus Loves You on the frosting and hand them out. Friendly folk could share their joy in the grocery line, at the gas pump, and with the home-bound. Artists could draw or paint or mold or carve things to illustrate scripture. Businessmen and women could pray with their teams before meetings and presentations. Moms and Dads could take their children on walks and talk about God’s wondrous works. We may not all be stage musicians, but we all can sing along using the gift God gave us.
What would it look like for you? Leave a comment–I really want to know!
It really doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea after all.