101: We Always Have Spring

101: We Always Have Spring

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives

We Always Have Spring

By Ann Elizabeth Robertson

The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

~Genesis 1:12

I love all the seasons, even winter. Well, at least the holiday months of winter. Anything after Christmas could easily be dropped from my calendar.

One year, spring came very late. The first Saturday morning we could finally work outside my list of chores seemed endless. Already exhausted, I whispered a simple prayer, “Lord, help me see your beauty in this day, the simple pleasures of life in you.”

Thirty minutes later, my husband Bill called me outside. His clothes were covered with dirt and flecks of leaves from raking.

“Come with me, Ann. I have to show you something.”

We edged down the slope behind our house to the stand of bird feeders.

“Look,” Bill said, pointing to the ground. Covering the hill were tender green lines of leaves, gently caressing tiny wild strawberries. They were a painting of life, lovely and delicate.

“Now come see this,” Bill said, catching my hand to guide me around the shrubs behind our patio. There before us was a thick row of irises — curling pink velvet petals with stems long and leaning, most regally posed. We stood quietly at first. For the thirteen years we’d lived here, this was the first spring those irises had ever bloomed.

“I’m guessing the bulbs were rearranged last summer when the irrigation system was placed,” Bill reasoned.

“All this time,” I said, “this area possessed immense beauty. And it was lying dormant, simply needing to be positioned for such a time as this.”

Bill and I stood arm in arm, receiving the sweet gift of God now revealed.

Remember what has been planted within you and your husband, both individually and as a couple, that has yet to bloom. These gifts may have been evident years before but just need to be stirred up and repositioned for your spring to arrive.

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