"You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
As I headed out the door yesterday morning for a morning walk, I was greeted by an explosion of pink blossoms on the crab apple tree outside the parsonage. The joy of such spring splendor put a smile on my face and an extra kick of energy as I began my 2.3 mile route--under highway 63, across the foot bridge, through downtown, and then home via Florence Park. As I neared the Florence Park footbridge that arches over the Root River, I was greeted again by an explosion of white and pink blossoms from trees lining the pathway. Once again the joy of spring splendor put a smile on my face and an extra kick of energy for the final leg of my walk.
If you are fortunate to have a crab apple outside your home, you have probably noticed that the tree offers year-round joy to wildlife; spring foliage attracts bees and birds--especially robins, starlings, and thrushes--love the fruit. From personal experience, I know that possums also love the fruit. I took a video this past winter of our furry friend, "Polly", gorging herself with berries while suspended upside-down on a lower branch!
If I had to give a nickname to the season of spring, it would be "Joy"; joy as a sensorial response to God's good creation in seeing trees in blossom, hearing bird calls in the forest, smelling freshly-cut grass, digging fingers into warm, garden soil, and savoring veggies hot off the patio grill.
My prayer is that you too, may revel in the joy of spring!