The Glory of Spring

Another cold April came and went, and Southern Lower Michigan was wondering when spring would arrive. Well, it said hello this week, and did it in all its glory! And I was like the woman in the photo at the right, drinking in the sun and warm air.

Strange, however, that even in cold weather and the threat of frost, the trees and early flowers phenomenally know when it’s time to wake up and come alive. Since the end of March they have shown signs of rubbing the crusty sleep from their eyes, but not until this week did they wake up.

    Here is an example of waking up. Less than a week ago I saw tiny buds on this tree — hundreds of them — and I knew one day there would be a burst of blooms. And yesterday, I walked passed the open front door and glanced out to see this sight….white buds like a cloud burst of fluff.

  I took these two photos with my cell phone camera, instead of getting out my digital camera. But I believe the beauty still shows up.

I am not sure if this tree is a Dwarf Cherry Tree, or something different. It was here when my husband and I bought this place seven years ago. It produces berries and the robins come by the hundreds to eat, as they migrate south for the winter. Right now the garden below the tree is yet to come forth, but it’s there!

I mentioned to one of my blog followers that spring reminds me of the resurrection. Coming forth. One day soon Christ will appear and call His people home.

“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”  I Thessalonians 4:16-17.

Amen. Come quickly Lord Jesus!


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10 thoughts on “The Glory of Spring

  1. Meghan White says:

    I love the beautiful tree! And I love the verse in Thessalonians that you shared. It’s our hope and encouragement!
    Congratulations on your new book! When I listed my book on Amazon, 4 years ago, I chose the categories not Amazon. I would talk to your publisher again about your concern with the wrong category. They should be able to change that, but maybe things have changed at Amazon. If that category is coming up, which is completely opposite of your book, I believe God can and will use it. He wastes nothing.
    God bless your writing and your books!!


  2. Beth Alisan says:

    Mary, Your tree is beautiful. It looks like she is dressed ready to head to a ball. You’ve given the perfect description of March- “shown signs of rubbing the crusty sleep from their eyes, but not until this week did they wake up.” We had a slow start to spring here in the south and have had so many cool spells along the way that we’ve gotten to enjoy spring’s splendor longer.

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  3. Alan Kearns says:

    What a lovely description of spring in your county Mary. We are still waiting on the temperature lifting here in Scotland, even though the sun is shining.
    How distressing that is regarding your book, I will uplift you and your book in prayer, may our Father bless you richly sister.

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  4. Mary Cates Author and Freelance Writer says:

    Alan, thank you so much for your interest in the worrisome problem that has developed regarding the category that Amazon put on my new Christian novel. I appreciate your prayers and want to tell you that I have heard from another blogger that they too are praying that God will bring honor to His name despite the works of Satan. This novel is a serious love story that captures the global culture of immorality, yet shows how God forgives and pulls everything together for His glory. I hope this book crosses over into the secular world and brings people to the Savior.


  5. Linda Raha says:

    Such a beautiful tree! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos of spring’s arrival! I love the scripture verse that you posted. Just as the earth is reborn with the coming of spring, we are reborn in Christ. We await that glorious day that is spoken of in this verse. Until then, we do our best to bring ‘ God’s spring’ of love to others. Wishing you blessings with your new book!!!

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  6. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful tree, Mary! Isn’t it wonderful to have spring finally show up in Michigan? It’s such a beautiful and hopeful time of year. Spring always reminds me of new life in Christ and the resurrection as well. May God bless you and your new book.

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