I have always been enamored by the painting of The Creation by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Vatican City just outside of Rome, Italy. I had the privilege of seeing this magnificent work in person just after I graduated from college, and I have a replica of it hanging in the music room/office of our home. Just seeing God reaching out to man moves me every time I look at it. His desire to touch us, to commune with us, to transfer His infinite energy, love and wisdom to us is all-consuming. The Creation of Adam is just one of nine scenes from the book of Genesis that are painted on the ceiling, but it is the most iconic.
The book of Genesis is known as the "book of beginnings". Spring is a season of beginnings. It is a time of renewal and rebirth. My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary, and the verse we used on our wedding programs was from Song of Solomon 2: 11-12a - "Behold, the winter is past...The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come." This spring is especially meaningful, as it seems the pandemic is almost behind us. There is a feeling of hope in the air!
Of course, the most symbolic depiction of spring can be seen in Christ's resurrection from the dead. Out of the gloom of the tomb (winter) comes new life (spring) and the hope of life eternal. As the earth is renewed, may we continue to be renewed in our relationships with each other and with Christ, and may we experience new growth as we seek to live in the light of His love.