Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring, springs, and spring

These early signs of Spring in the yard combined with a sunny seventy degrees in the air tended to get me all excited within the range of possible excitement for a jaded old man such as myself.

Seriously, I do feel excitement at the promise of the coming of Spring and a new growing season.  I can still feel, I am just less able to be expressive about it.  I mean, there is no dancing in the streets.

In reading from the Bible,  I find the term "spring" as I am using it here to be pretty much absent although the word "spring" appears numerous times.  In I Samuel 9:26 we find an injunction to rise in "the spring of the day" which might be interpreted as a Spring such as we are soon to have, but I think more likely the phrase could as well have been interpreted "daybreak."

The only other use of the term which might reference a season is in Ezekial 17:9 wherein there is mentioned "leaves of her spring."  All other uses of the term refer either to spring (n.) as a source of water, a very important thing in that semiarid geographic locale, or to spring (vt.) meaning to leap, or to leap forth.  In any event, I find the Spring time of the year to be most exhilarating.

The first picture shows the springing of the naked ladies, or resurrection lilies about which I almost always write at the end of July.  The second picture shows the lilac, the leaves of which are near to bursting open!

About three years ago I wrote about Achsah, Caleb's daughter, and the springs which were the object of her attention in the Book of Joshua.  If you wish a short Sunday morning devotional, revisit the account here.

"Give me . . . springs of water."  Joshua 15:19
The readings are from the King James Version


Vee said...

Good signs that bring hope.

vanilla said...

Vee, hope springs!

Sharkbytes said...

Maybe not the word "spring," but surely Song of Solomon 2:12 is referring to Spring. I never could get used to spring in March at TU- redbuds in flower and warm days... still seems weird. But I'll enjoy your green stuff with you.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, indeed "the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle heard in the land" has to be referring to Spring!

Lin said...

Our "Spring" is under 4 inches of snow today. :( Ugh.

vanilla said...

Lin, lucky you. We got just enough new snow to remind us that winter is not yet finished with us. *grrr*