After church today, the kids and I went outside to get to our car. Dave had already left to go cut wood for our ceiling project that has been on hold for almost 2 years (YAY!!!!!), so it was just the kids and me. Walking out into the sunshine made me smile.
As we all got in and buckled, my whole spirit was alight. It could have had something to do with just coming out of a beautiful church service and spending time with our vulnerable and real life group, but also, I know that it is that feeling that spring is seemingly in the air.
I don’t know where you live, but in WI, on March 1, it’s almost crazy to be thinking of spring coming soon, as you never know what March and even April hold, but I’m holding on to hope. Hope that this year may be a year that we see an early spring.
So we’re in the car, about to drive home, and I just had this crazy idea that we should go somewhere. Usually I just need to get home and crash after working all day. Ministry is hard mentally and spiritually and physically (for me anyway), even on the best kinds of ministry days – which today was. (Also side note…not sure if we’ve ever actually said this, but Dave and I are co-worship pastors at our church. So Sunday for us is a work day.) I turn right, like usual, but my heart being alight started heading toward downtown. Monroe has wanted a special mug that she saw at a store while buying a mug for Dave. So that’s exactly what we did. She got to pick out this adorable mug, we dropped books off at the library, and because it just felt so beautiful, I stopped and got some chocolate for the kids.
Yesterday, we had some friends over who helped us start some seeds, move a pig, move the geese and spread some hay. I think everyone around here has some spring fever, but also it seems like that spring fever is making everyone’s mood lighten.
On the drive home, my thoughts drifted to what spring actually does to our spirit. On a spiritual level, the dead things are all starting to re-awaken. It nudges our spirit to remember Jesus’ resurrection, and even to this world’s beginning of creation. God breathed life into each and every thing in this world, and when spring comes around – especially after a long and hard winter (which this wasn’t actually, but just remembering…), our spirits feel that anticipation of life. All creation points to God’s glory. God is calling us to reawaken ourselves to his majesty, and this spring I’m feeling it more than ever.
I’m thankful for these little reminders to re-calibrate myself to our Creator as I am constantly wandering.
Spring is here. Does your spirit feel it as mine does?