“What is your favorite season?” This question seems to be one of the most popular get-to-know you questions of all time. So what’s your answer? Do you enjoy the freedom that summer brings with vacations and warm weather? How about autumn, which contains harvest, the turning of leaves, and most importantly, Husker football? Do you fancy winter and its holiday season? Or are you a spring person who enjoys the beginning of green growth (we pray) and the release from winter’s cold grip? Personally, I enjoy every one of the seasons. As a meteorologist, there is something to love about each season’s weather, and the challenges and blessings that each season’s weather brings with it. The pictures included with this post are some of my favorite memories from past springs. I am especially thankful for this spring, as winter seemed to last for half of a year. In case you didn’t know, Chicago had its third-worst winter ever, with almost 80 inches of snow and many days below zero. The warmer weather is a new feeling for Valpo students and we are very grateful to see the sun again. With the start of spring, I believe that three major emotions can emerge. These are anticipation, worry and excitement.
In the weather world, spring is often associated with the expectation of rain and increasing temperatures. It is the time of year in Nebraska where farmers look forward to reenter their fields with tractors and planters in preparation for a new season of crops. It is the fourth quarter for many grade school and high school students who are excited to begin summer vacation. High school seniors look forward to walking across the graduation stage in just over a month. Husker fans scout the prospects for the football team’s success with the Spring Game. Anticipation surrounds the season of April. There is so much to look forward to and an excitement begins to buzz about as birds chirp more and the sun’s rays last longer in the day. However, this is not all that one can look forward to in the month of April. In fact, the event I haven’t mentioned is actually the one you should anticipate the most! It’s Easter!!! Yes, Easter does outweigh the spring game, surprisingly. We have been travelling together over the past 40 days in the season of Lent, as we have remembered Christ’s journey to the cross and anticipate his resurrection on Easter morning. It is truly a season of anticipation!!
Spring isn’t all about anticipating happy things though. It can also be filled with worries for many people. The farmers are probably concerned about this year’s crop outlook, as snow skipped over the state, and fires encroach their dry lands. High school seniors may be making their college decision over the next couple of weeks as the May 1 deadline approaches. That is a nerve-wracking time, as I was just in that position last year. Families may be worrying about how Easter will be celebrated, and if strife will cause stress at home. Meteorologists worry about the safety of the public, as tornados increase, and loss of property and life become real possibilities once more. It is a season of worry. Yet, Jesus says,
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
Clearly, God is looking out for each one of us. Therefore, we should not worry about tomorrow, or this summer, or what will happen to us next year, because God already knows and is holding you in His hands with every step you take.
Finally, spring is a time of excitement! The 2014 Major League Baseball season recently opened, so it is an exciting time for me, as I am finally back in Chicago to support my Cubbies once more! (For all of you doubters, this will be the year!) The spring season of high school and college sports is underway as well, and finals are coming up quick (five more weeks!). Winter is finally over, so it’s time to scream and shout and dance in the open air and rejoice that spring has come! Don’t let the busyness of the season keep you from enjoying a moment in God’s wonderful creation. Don’t let the spring-cleaning list keep you from enjoying time with your family. Most importantly, don’t let your schedule keep you from celebrating the Good News of Easter with your family in Christ this April! Blessings on your spring as your anticipation grows, your worries go away, and your Easter excitement overflows to those around you!