Isaiah 61: 10 & 11
I will rejoice heartily in the LORD, my being exults in my God; For he has clothed me with garments of salvation, and wrapped me in a robe of justice, Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. As the earth brings forth its shoots, and a garden makes its seeds spring up, So will the Lord GOD make justice spring up, and praise before all the nations.
I sat down to write this yesterday and completely drew a blank. Nada. Zip. Nothing. The words did not flow from my heart to my head to my hands. All I had was this photo that I used on my blog the other day pleading for color. I needed color. This winter has me, like so many others, needing signs of life. Winter is not my season. I understand the need for winter: the earth rests, storing up energy to bring forth new life. The beautiful early spring greens, the white/deep lavender of bluets, bulbs surging forth from their winter sleep with the promise of the deep purples, peaches and other colors of the hyacinths planted in our garden. The deep snow this year, the grays, the starkness has just gotten to me. Blech. I’m not the only blogger I know fed up with this winter.
So I looked at this photo for just a few moments this morning wondering what it was that spoke to my heart so deeply. HOPE, HOPE sprang into my head. Hope. Wanting a little “blog writing music” I chose my Pandora station: Matt Maher the first song this morning being Isaiah 61. Being the curious sort I went to read it. So I did. The words reminded me of hope. That winter is needed to enjoy the beauty of spring. I know that spring comes every year. I have over 40 years of experience knowing that spring comes that life is renewed.
I still need color! I need spring! I need HOPE and I have it. I just need to remember, be reminded and cling to it. Like this photo, it brings me hope. It’s a simple reminder of what’s coming, not too far down the road. My camera is ready!
I will continue cleaning out my sewing room, organizing things so that I’m functioning efficiently. Cleaning out/clearing out is a clear sign of spring.
happy quilting and God bless!