Reflections by Dot Cutter — May 2019

The calendar reveals it’s spring and that just happens to be my favorite season, although it can be highly unpredictable in New England. Sometimes spring bursts forth like Tigger, as though overly eager to get into summer mode, while other years it acts like a sleepyheaded Eeyore, reluctant to get out of bed. But whatever tone of spring presents itself, there is always fresh beauty and a sense of quiet anticipation as we enjoy daily the changes in the world around us after a long, cold, barren, grey and white winter. Spring’s early emergence with that first palette of soft colors – yellows, pinks, lavenders – awakens the senses to a certainty that is inherent in nature. Each will reproduce each year after its own kind. The magnolia tree will consistently produce its delicate pink blooms, while the lilacs fill the air with their unmistakable fragrance. snowdrops and crocus will not mutate; tulips will always be tulips, not hyacinths; and daffodils will not morph into iris, though some seem to occasionally migrate into places they were not planted! Breathe in the fragrances and savor them for they will soon be gone. Tarry awhile at garden’s edge and marvel at the intricacies of each blossom and the sequence of perennials as they push up through the soil. Even the bees emerging on warmish days have their unique purposes as they pollinate flowers and crops. Honeybees also bless us with their rich sweet honey. Hummingbirds will soon arrive to join in the pollination process.

God has orchestrated it all in perfect harmony. Moreover, synchronization is essential to the continuation of God’s creation and is an example of His faithfulness and trustworthiness. We see in the seasons of nature each year the evidence of God’s laws being wholly dependable. We can rely on Him in all circumstances. A child may change the rules in order to win, but God won’t change His laws for us or in nature. Those laws which we cannot keep perfectly nevertheless provide us with the stable parameters we need. How blessed we are to have His Word to refresh our memories, for like the spring flowers, His truths fade from view and from our memory.

Psalm 19 offers us great reassurance in our weakness:

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether; More to be desired are they than gold, yes than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

Can you feel a surge of encouragement creeping back into those recesses of doubt? When all around me seems out of sync, those words sure set my wheels back on the trolley track in a hurry. By His grace and faithfulness I am systematically refreshed, renewed, restored, and revitalized. His Spirit has given me renewed confidence that the Lord’s plans for me are being restored and fulfilled. So what has been hiding in the wings of your life, yet to be brought out on stage? This is a new season. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! May we eagerly seek to know what the Lord has in store for us, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

Rejoicing with you in this new season,
Dot Cutter