I’ve dreaded this day for the past month…when we “spring forward” and lose that precious hour of sleep. My kids are cranky and my head hurts during the transition. But this is short-sighted, as the spring season represents some of the best examples of God’s sovereign majesty.
This is one of my favorite pictures. It represents three generations of my family doing one of our favorite springtime activities…fishing on Kentucky Lake. My dad (Big Keith) took me as a child, and he and I have passed along a love of fishing to my children.
It’s not just catching fish. It’s the act of fishing. You have the beautiful waters of Kentucky Lake. There are incredible trees that that surround our portion of the Big Sandy River. The dogwoods and redbuds are exploding with color. There are sounds…water slapping the side of our boat, fishing line whistling in the wind, and the soft cries of hawks and other birds in the air. Winter’s bitter temperatures can no longer mute the enthusiasm of the birds and the splendor of the trees.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. Psalm 145:5
Fishing represents a calming, pleasant experience for me. Not lost in this satisfying experience are God’s fingerprints on everything.
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. Nehemiah 9:6
Springtime symbolizes renewal. And the ultimate renewal comes from an experience with Jesus.
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10
May you take this day to experience the sights and sounds of the coming spring- and also to thank our God for the renewal He offers every day through His son Jesus.
God bless you.