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Seasons in Seasons: Flowers and Leaves

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 1:52 am

Budding trees line some of the areas of my apartment complex’s parking lot. They recently budded and bloomed and their petals are starting to fall as leaves come in. I was struck by my reaction to this: I was simultaneously sad (at the leaving of the flowers) and happy at the coming of the leaves.

In that moment I gained a larger understanding of transitions, specifically good transitions, like when Spring comes forth out of Winter – or when God does something that is essentially just that. It’s sad to loose the first buds and flowers, because they are especially pretty colors and (and I mean it!) they look fancy. They’re the first bursting forth of joy and life and a new season. It’s easy to become sad when they start to fall and you realize that the beginning of spring is over.

But leaves are wonderful too. They are beautiful in a deeper way. I appreciate their translucent green, their smell, how they make the treetops look fluttery, how they turn over and show a different color in the wind. I could go on and on. I love when the leaves return. I always have. So why am I not happy at their return in the same way as I am at the flowers’ return?

As flowers are the first joy of a new season, leaves are what comes after and is the real meat of that season. They are lovely, but they are also hardier than the flowers and will remain to nourish the trees throughout the coming months of sunlight. I love the festive and decadent (really!) beginning and rejoicing over a new season – but I also love the season itself, the longer lasting deeper friendship of that time.

This may all sound too poetic to be true, but think about it for a minute. God designed this earth to show us things about him – or perhaps it just fell out that way as he spoke about himself and shone forth in his glory. As I drove into my parking lot tonight I really think that God spoke this small insight to me, and every time I look at the leaves full of partial flowers and small growing leaves, I hope to think about this wonderful and deep revelation of times and seasons and understand better all the areas its lessons apply to – and rejoice in the depths God spoke into this world.var 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