Spring is Definitely in the Air.
It just snowed last week up in Philadelphia. #Insane
It rained for the past two days in Jacksonville. #Dreary
This is not really the kind of Spring I think of when I excitedly await the change in seasons.
I think more along the lines of sunshine. Cool breeze. Vibrant colors.
Spring is a time to smile more. To smile just because. It is a time to find your happy. To find a reason to walk along the beach.
The darkness passes away with the dread of yesterday and is replaced with the bright, new promises of .
But then there is the other part that parents like me don't look forward to. Spring is a money guzzler. Summer camps and vacation are on the horizon. But that certainly is not all.
Spring also becomes a season of shopping. Although that is not the thing I look forward to, it is a part of the expectation.
I expect to have to shop for new clothes.
I expect to have to shop for new sandals.
I expect to have to shop for Easter dresses and accessories.
I am also learning to expect to have to shop for high school prom and middle school dance dresses...and everything that comes along with that process.
Hair. Shoes. Nails. Jewelry. Makeup. Oh and can't forget the tickets.
It is so amazing that we spend so much time getting ourselves physically ready for certain occasions. Occasions that last only a few hours. Occasions where even memories sometimes fade away.
These are just temporal things.
What I wonder is how often we consider the perpetual things. The lasting things. Per 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””
Do we focus on our inner man the way we focus on our outer man? Do we equally prepare ourselves for the mental and spiritual occasions and opportunities we have with God?
If the dresses, sandals, and other signs of Spring were stripped away, would you still be prepared for THE occasion?