It looks like I have to quit denying that Spring is really here early this year, because it is hard to argue with the arrival of our normal harbingers of the season. This weekend brought us the first pair of Mountain Bluebirds and a solo Robin. Each spring I generally try to photograph the new arrivals, so I reviewed the date stamps on my images of these birds over the past three years, and it looks like they are a full month ahead of schedule.
The quality of the bluebird images isn’t the greatest, but there will be plenty of better opportunities later in the Spring, after they have settled in and aren’t so skittish. If the normal pattern of arrivals holds true, the American Goldfinches and Western Tanagers will be along within a month. Although this happens every year, it is always exciting to see them come back, as they announce the season of renewal. Watching the dormant trees fill with leaves, seeing the dry grass become overtaken by new growth and interspersed with wildflowers, welcoming the offspring of livestock and wildlife; all are amazing and refreshing to the soul.
There is another, and more important, renewal that we can experience any time of the year. That is the new life which is created when we put our faith, trust and obedience in the Lord, Jesus Christ. We are instructed in 2 Cornithians 5:7; “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Sure, we may look the same and our voice will sound the same, but we become a new being spiritually, with a new, eternal future in His kingdom. And the same way that Springtime often urges us toward hopefulness and anticipation, following Christ yields a new outlook on life built on the promises and love of God, the Creator.
- mountain bluebirds, great grey owls and king eiders (fareandfeather.wordpress.com)
- The Stone That Became a Mountain (thekingspresence.wordpress.com)
- It’s Opening Day! (howtospyonbirds.wordpress.com)