Spring might be coming a little early this year to our corner of Kentucky. I say that with some reservation and trepidation because you never know. Today will be 70 degrees, but it’s not impossible that it could turn cold again, even snow again, in March.

I am desperately ready for spring. We haven’t had anything resembling a terrible winter, and yet … I need to feel the sunshine and warmth, the promise of days outside, time to play in the dirt, longer days, more freedom.

I believe that God placed this desire in our hearts. He gave us this beautiful world to live in and care for. He made us to need sunshine, warmth, connection. The psalmist tells us in Psalm 19:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

God has created an intricate, glorious world. Spring highlights much of this glory – new life as flowers and plants awaken and burst forth, trees flower, fruit grows (strawberry season!), days lengthen, the sun shines more each day, and the world calls us out into it.

I intend to soak up just as much of spring as I can. Last night saw the kids in our street riding bikes and running with the abandon of youth. Moms and dads gathered on the sidewalk to chat. Today I am enjoying the sun coming through the windows while beautiful music plays in the background and I type words into this computer. In spring, each day brings new joy.

What do you enjoy most about this season of the year? What are you looking forward to as the weather warms and beckons us outside?