Yesterday we meandered around a local garden and walked the path around the lake there. We saw flowers popping up all along the way, coming up through fallen leaves, brown grass, and other signs of a lifeless winter. There is something so beautiful about the first signs of spring!
When we first arrived, we could actually smell the hyacinths blooming long before we could spot them. Their scent was so pungent that it overwhelmed all else. It got me to thinking:
Life is like this!
In life, we go through season. Some of those seasons are like the winter and it seems that everything that we had nurtured so carefully, and all of the beauty we had cultivated, and all of the potential we were striving to fulfill are all dead and brown and fruitless. However, winter is never a time of death, only a time of dormancy. And it is during that dormancy that new life begins to sprout, and hope scents the air, and then the beauty is revealed as it pushes through the last season's remnants to share its color and aroma and strength.
Don't be discouraged if you've seen the apparent death of some dreams, or relationships, or emotions. Be encouraged that if you are in winter, that means spring is approaching. Spring is the season of possibilities, of victory over the past, of potential for the future. Embrace your emerging spring, and begin to nurture the new life that is blooming inside of you.