Spring, A Sign of Hope

for now the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
    is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
    and the vines are in blossom;
    they give forth fragrance. (Song of Songs 2:11-13b, New Revised Standard Version)

I love springtime. Some of you have heard that before. It is my favorite season of the year. I love the way everything comes back to life. The leafless trees look dead though the are only dormant. The leaves come back. Fruit bearing trees put on blossoms before the fruit starts to come forth. Even the evergreen trees, always having green showing, put on new growth in the spring of the year.

Then there are the flowers that are blooming. One of the great things about living in Texas during the spring is wild flowers in general, but specifically bluebonnets. Yes, bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. I have always liked the flower but when I met Helen in the early years of my ministry my appreciation grew significantly. Helen was a painter. She worked in oils. She also put bluebonnets in every picture she painted. There were other wildflowers, Indian paintbrushes, red clover, and many more, but it was always the bluebonnets I enjoyed in her paintings. I am fortunate to have two of her paintings, I love them both. When I look at those paintings I see springtime.

Yesterday when Cindy and I were coming home from my mother’s, we made a few stops. One of those was in the middle of nowhere. We were between San Marcos and Bastrop. We found a place with good cell signal so I could do Devo Live. While I was sharing my devotional, Cindy got out and took pictures of the bluebonnets. I had to keep my mind on the lesson for yesterday while I was really thinking about the rebirth of the world with springtime.

Our lesson from Song of Songs (a.k.a. Song of Solomon) speaks to the thing I love about spring. The flowers bloom. The trees have new growth and new leaves. The birds make their way home as the weather warms. There is a song in the air, the song of birds and the cooing of doves. The blooms of plants start giving off their fragrance makes me think of honeysuckle. What God is doing is blessed and beautiful.

The world seems to move from the dead of winter to the rebirth of spring. God does that for us too. Before our relationship with God, before we were walking the road of faith with Jesus Christ, our souls were dead in sin. Like the beauty and rebirth of spring, because we came to know and accept Jesus, we too have rebirth in our lives as well.

Seeing that rebirth of the world, seeing the way God brings back life gives us hope for our own rebirth. Seeing the world evolve with each season brings me hope but that is especially true of spring.

Spring messes with my sinuses, but there is still that sign of hope that comes each spring. It is a sign that God walks with us and where God is, there is always hope.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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