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