Valdosta Daily Times

March 20, 2014

Seeking spring

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Spring arrived Thursday, a welcome return given the cold temperatures of this past winter — temperatures that may drop a time or two yet in the days to come.

Spring is more than higher temperatures and beautiful blooms. There are lessons to learn from this season. There is hope in this season of renewal.

To partially quote a Willie Nelson song, “at a time when the world seems to be spinning hopelessly out of control,” spring reminds us of the message from the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Yes, there are rainy days. There are bad times. There are Shakespeare’s winters of our discontent.

At times, it may seem that we have entered an everlasting dark period with on-going wars, violence, bitter politics and a staggering economy. Still, given enough time, this dark period, too, shall pass. It will pass all the sooner, all the better, as long as we do not lose hope. As long as we remember, to every thing there is a season. And this season of calamity shall also pass unto a season of renewal.

Each of us faces such seasons within our personal lives. Each person endures the loss of loved ones, the shattering of relationships, the loss of a job, illnesses, all sorts of untold hardships and disappointments. Despair and despondency taunt each of us on some level, at some time, in our lives.

And yet, even in those bleakest moments, we find solace in the prospect of the healing hands of time. We find hope that to every thing, there is a season. Like spring, we cling to the belief that things will improve.

We must strive to make things better. We must couple hope with determination. We must sow our time with faith to see us through. We must sow our fields with the sweat of our perseverance, the reckoning of our ingenuity, the iron of our commitment.

We must not give into despair. We must not surrender to the winter. We must believe in the possibility of renewal. We must keep our eyes open, our minds alert, our spirits at the ready.

Renewal will come, and we must be prepared to seize the opportunities of a new day, the prospects of a coming spring.