"Not to us, Lord, but to your name, give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness". Psalm 115:1.
Some days seem harder than others to get through.
In a month where there have been another series of world disasters, where troubling choices about the nature of life are being made closer to home, and where things often seem to just about judder on, it would be easy to fall into deep lament for the pain and folly of our world.
Sometimes, of course, we need to truly weep with those who weep, but there is a need to also see the other side of the coin...
With the milder days arriving, creation literally bursts into song and glory, and I find my thoughts naturally turning to the majesty of the display of goodness and abundance such evidence conveys.
However scarred our time here, the reality is that such moments require us to pause, to stop and oh so quietly yet clearly notice the "whisper" of a love and faithfulness that sustains us in all our moments of pain and joy.
"The biblical view of things is resurrection. Not just a consolation for the life we never had, but a restoration of that life...Jesus insisted that His return will be with such power that the very material world will be purged of all decay and brokeness" (Timothy Keller - The Reason for God).
Amidst these turbulent days, that is certainly worth thinking about - the earth without the wounds inflicted by our folly and wickedness. That really does sound like the Spring worth waiting for!