Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Beauty of New Life in the Spring

I haven't felt like posting much lately. I guess I've been in a bit of a slump. Nothing is terribly wrong. I've just been busy, and I've been dealing with some circumstances that I won't bore you with. But, through it all, the Lord has continued to be by my side - loving me, caring for me, and teaching me.

As the Apostle Paul has said in the book of Philippians, "I have learned to be content in all circumstances." Something what really helps with this is to notice, and focus on, all the positives in life. Philippians 4:8 says:

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

Instead of dwelling on the "ugly" things in life, it is much better to notice the beauty of it. 

... and, with Spring here now, its hard not to AT LEAST notice the beauty around us. New life is so beautiful. Even a dandelion, as annoying as they can be, are beautiful in their own way...

A couple of years ago, I wrote a little something about Spring after finding two baby birds in a nest. I am thankful to have had the chance to see this sweet picture of new life -- a reminder of the new lives I held in my arms when they were first born babes; and a reminder of the new life I received when I trusted Christ as my Savior.

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It’s Spring...
I looked up into a tree in our backyard and saw a nest.

In the quiet of the afternoon, the birds were busy finding worms for their young.
I stood still... I watched... I listened....
Mother Robin flew back to the nest with a worm in her mouth.
I saw 2 little heads pop up above the nest, chirping their hungry cries to their momma.
She willingly fed them, then flew off to find more.

After she had gone, I decided I wanted to see them.
I had to see those sweet little birds up close.
I grabbed a step ladder from the garage and set it up next to the tree.
“Oh... don’t forget your camera!” I thought.
I ran back inside, fetching my camera.
I carefully climbed up the ladder to have a peek into the nest.
This is what I saw...

Two baby robins, sleeping snuggly in the nest as they waited for their momma’s return.
I made a little squeaky noise with my lips and they must have thought it was momma.
They opened their mouths, calling out once again for momma to feed them.
I, then, snapped this picture....

I captured this precious moment in time.
This precious moment of new life in the Spring.
New life is beautiful.