“See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin”. – Matthew 6:28
One of the most awesome things about being around children is seeing the world through their eyes. So many times I just hurry through the routine of life and miss out on God’s awesome little things. When I do this, I miss that God’s awesome little things are also his promises.
It’s springtime in my home town. Dogwoods are blooming, Tulips are popping out all over town. It’s quite a sight. I just love the beauty of this little town and its perfect seasons. One morning we happened to have the radio and DVD off in the mini-van. The kids not only noticed the flowers and trees, but they were in awe with their “ooo’s and aah’s” all the way to school as we talked about the colors of spring. They followed the line of tulips that curves up and down the median of our highway and they would just stare with wide eyes at the tulips gather in mass around the town. When they saw the dogwoods at the airport they exclaimed, “Wow! Look at those trees Mommy!” When we arrived at their school, “Look we have those color trees here too”.
Having children didn’t come easy for us; we were married 11 years before having our first. But there is something beautiful about having waited so long. It was like coming out of the winter into spring, only knowing the beauty of spring after having missed its colors through a cold and dark winter.
Spring symbolizes so much of life to me, my faith and family: Coming out of winter . . . into flowers, beauty, the Resurrection, and the promise of a new birth and new life.
All His promises . . . so consider the lilies . . . and Spring.
While working at an alternative school, Dr. Beth Ackerman
completed her Master’s degree in special education at Lynchburg College and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Virginia. She is currently an associate dean in the School of Education at Liberty University. She has developed a love of sharing what God has laid on her heart over the years as a follower of Christ, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and educator.