Sensing A Season Change

Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us today?

Photo from March 2007 trip to St. Louis, MOWelcome Spring! Today is the Spring Equinox. A change in seasons is always a good time to refresh my basic knowledge about the relationship between the earth and the sun and its effect on our lives.

Seasonal change in the angle of sunlight, caused by the tilt of the earth’s axis, is the basic mechanism that results in warmer weather in summer than in winter. Change in day length is another factor.

Nature responds to the increase of light and begins to change. Even in Minnesota where the spring bulbs will not appear for more than a month, I see signs that nature senses a change.

This week my sister-in-law wrote this:

I need the rejuvenation of what (spring) symbolizes. I am hungering for the green to be more present in the outdoors, for the flowers to poke their heads out of the ground. I’m always amazed at how early some of the flowers come, even with the chill that hangs in the air. They can’t wait to feel that sun. As do I. I am so looking forward to the warmth.

Our family is also receiving and responding to an increase of light from heavenly sources this spring. We have sensed a need for slight changes that will carry us into new seasons of growth.

We have lived in our home for three years without rearranging furniture or redefining spaces. Ironically, in the last week, we were inspired to make small physical reorganizations in almost half the house.

After we made these changes and Paul began the planning process for others, the whole family responded to the new openness. More importantly, the physical changes initiated other purposeful emotional and spiritual changes.

For example, my daughters both rearranged the furniture in their rooms to accommodate their changing circumstances. We weeded out the outgrown clothes and books and made space for that which is now a priority. As a result, their moods and desires changed, enabling them to prepare for future needs.

These small shifts in life’s seasons bless our family and make me grateful for increased light that helps us sense when to change habits or relationships so growth will continue.

1 Comment

  1. Rachel Corbett
    Mar 20, 2008

    It’s nice how spring really breathes new life into everything, routines, homes, etc. We’ve been out enjoying the nice Spring weather and airing out the house. Haven’t gotten to the room cleaning and rearranging though just yet!

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