Spring is Here

The first thunderstorm of the season rumbled through town last night.

Being a CWG*, I was in heaven. The radar danced with greens and yellows and an occasional pocket of red. The rain pounded on my roof, the lightening lit up my house with God-sized flashes, and the thunder roared.

At one point, the lightening struck so close to our house, the flash and boom were almost simultaneous. (Ever had that happen?)The air around me practically hummed with electricity, and the thunder cracked sharply. I happened to be on the phone with Corey at the time (he's on another business trip; I'll be so glad when April "The Month of Four Trips Away from Home" is over), and he could hear it in Dallas.

I said, "Wow, that was amazing. Did you hear that?!?"

He said, "Happy, aren't you?"


Today, the sun is out, the puddles are drying up and the mercury is supposed to hit 65. The grass is turning a thousand shades of green, and the buds on the trees and bushes are pregnant with joy.

Ahhhh. Spring.

Reminds me of a post I wrote last year. I've copied and pasted the majority of it below, because it's one of my favorites.

Enjoy. And see you back here tomorrow for a Mother's Day giveaway.

Right now, I'm headin' outside.

*Certified Weather Geek

I'm happy to report, spring cometh to the Upper Midwest. When I woke up the morning after our return and looked at my window, this is what I saw:

What's remarkable about this picture is what's NOT in it -- mainly, snow and ice. It's hard to believe this was the scene in our backyard just three weeks ago:

But then again, that's spring in our neck of the woods. Just when you think you can't stand one more day of snow and ice and indoor living, the sun comes out and the rain falls and hope rises again.

I was thinking about this one morning last week as I drove Natalie to school. The hope of spring in the Upper Midwest is palpable. You can almost taste it in the air. But it's not a hope as we usually think of hope. It's more of a God-hope. The Greek word often translated hope in the New Testament is elpis or elpo. It isn't just a wish or a desire or a possibility. It's a certainty. The Strong's definition for elpo is "to anticipate, usually with pleasure; an expectation or confidence."

In other words, it's a sure thing. It's coming. Just like spring.

I can hardly wait for those flowers to shoot out of the ground and the leaves to unfurl. I long for the warm sun to shine upon my face and bare arms. I am giddy about the thought of my windows being open so I can hear the birds singing in the morning light.

Until then, I hope.

I love this passage in The Message:

"The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. All around us, we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy."

An eternal spring cometh. Isn't that amazing?!? Lord, grow our joyful anticipation. Plant seeds of your elpis in our hearts so we will burst forth with beauty and a fragrant worship when the Sun shines once again. Our hope is in You.


  1. That was a great post, especially the last part!

    I'm a tad embarassed to admit that I once admitted that weather.com is on of my favorite websites. Does that make me a CWG?

  2. My 8-year-old son is already a weather geek. He's got all the neighborhood kids listening for tornado warnings and watching the sky for signs of inclement weather. When he deems the environment dangerous, they all take shelter in our basement.

  3. Ooh, goosebumps. great post.

    Yes, it is here. My kids are... nowhere to be seen (outside), enjoying the dirt and bugs and fresh air. It is wonderful.

    Praise the Lord for all kinds of hope.

    PS. MY HUSBAND is a CWG. I never knew there was an official diagnosis. Thank you for that.

  4. shoo away those thunderstorms this weekend because we're flying in again! everytime i come it's either cold or snow. but it's minnesota, what should i expect???

  5. I found your blog by way of Big Mama. I am a "virtual" Minnesotan (my parents live there) and also a CWG. (Not sure where in MN you live, but you might appreciate that I had a major crush on Ken Barlow.) Glad to know that you are enjoying your first glimpse of spring. Have a blessed (and warm!) day!

  6. Spring! Hallelujah! I've thought about writing a blog post meant just for you, showing that spring arrived here weeks ago. I think of you with every bud and bloom I see, imagining that you're still buried under 4.5 feet of snow and shivering every last bit of baby fat off of you. I'm relieved to hear the defrosting has begun at last.

    And do you think it would be weird to name my baby Elpis? Elpo?

  7. That is a great post.

    And I'm so with you on the weather. I'm the only person I know that loves it when the storm alert breaks into my regular programming.

    Happy Spring!

  8. Beautifully written! So glad that spring is coming your way as well!

  9. Ew, Ken Barlow??? What about Dennis Douda's baby blues? Or Jonathan Elias? Keith Marler? Ahhh, dreamy....


    But we all know that the REAL stud is Don Shelby! I mean c'mon! Who tells better jokes?! I mean he made the Letterman show!!!

  10. I'm a CWG, too!

    Inquiring minds want to know -- do you have one of those emergency weather radios? (That's probably not the official name -- I'm talking about one of those radios that will wake you up in the middle of the night when there's a tornado warning.) I'm thinking about getting one! I don't live in an area with a major tornado risk, but every once and a while we'll have a warning . . . and I always wonder what would happen if we didn't know about it 'cause we were sleeping!

  11. Oh, Kelly, I love this post. I love The Message too. I sat in my living room and read it this morning, with coffee of course.

    Strange weather here too. 85 one day and 40 the next. Oh well. Love your outdoor photos! Cool!

  12. I can't believe the dramatic difference in weather! I guess you have to be prepared for anything, huh?

  13. Great post! "Grow our anticipation"--yes, Lord!!!