Spring Watch: Trusting the Underground Work

What wind we had this weekend! Several walks had me bracing against blustery gales, and chuckling at my dogs as their ears were blown around. Frigid temperatures arrived Sunday…today was nearly 60 degrees and sunshine…and the forecast shows rain for the rest of the week.

Yes, it’s that in between season…getting close to spring but not quite there yet. And who knows what March may bring! But I am ready. The winter has felt so long. It’s been quite cold, and not as much beautiful snow as we had last year.

The thing is—time doesn’t stop. The calendar doesn’t lie—we are inching closer to spring.

Sunday’s hike may have been freezing with a palette of grays and browns—but in a couple of months it will be transformed.

It’s almost hard to believe that in about a month, daffodils will begin to bloom, and trees will start to blossom.

The ground still seems so dead, if you will, so frozen. Yet, things are happening underground.

Life feels like this often, does it not? Desiring change, but progress feels like it will take forever. Wondering when newness will abound. Waiting for a new season.

I continue to realize how our modern world is conditioning us to expect quick fixes. When Amazon can deliver a purchase within 24 hours, how is it not natural to be frustrated by slow answers?

Yet patience is a practice that yields deeper fulfillment. The ultimate wait—to be with God in glory—is the greatest gift, so how can we form our souls to learn to wait in the here and now?

Waiting for spring, for the earth to renew, is a perfect opportunity to cultivate patience. And to fuel the imagination for what redemption will look like. It’s a real-life metaphor for learning trust—we know that something is happening in the brown earth right now which will give way to lush greens and vibrant colors. We can also know, that the God of the universe is working—leading you and me on his providence.

Patience is the key ingredient. In her excellent book on the spiritual life, author Sue Monk Kidd writes:

“To create newness you have to cover the soul and let grace rise. You must come to the place where there’s nothing to do but brood, as God brooded over the deep, and pray and be still and trust that the holiness that ferments the galaxies is working in you too. Only wait.” – Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions

Yes, God is working. I must faithfully wait.

Remember the big picture. Think of spring. And look to God’s word, which reminds of the steadfast love of the Lord that never ceases.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5-7‬ ‭

I’m on watch for spring. Are you this year too?