"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (Ps 139:14 NIV)
With the arrival of Spring the forested mountains
of my home have come to life once again. Everywhere I look I can see a
thousand shades of green. The apple trees, dogwood trees, and cherry
trees are full of white and pink blossoms too. On the ground golden
buttercups and dandelions are everywhere. The flowers in my flower
garden are stretching up to greet the morning sun as well. The bumble
bees and beautiful butterflies seem to be dancing in delight above them
all. The air smells Heavenly with the sweet scents of all this new life.
Carried along on the breezes as well are the sounds of birds singing,
children playing, and wind chimes tinkling. It is a blessed time. It
will not be long either before Spring will give way to the hot days and
rich growth of Summer. Then the wonderful fruits and colorful leaves of
Autumn will follow. In the coming seven months these hills will see more
joyous life, more loving beauty, and more inspiring wonders of God than
my simple words could ever share.
As uplifting, heartwarming, and inspiring as nature can be, however, I take my greatest happiness in knowing that there is something even more wonderful. That something is us. We may not realize it or wish to believe it, but it is true. If we choose to we can share joy that is more beautiful than all the flowers in Spring. We can give love that is more wonderful than the sunniest Summer’s day. We can live a life that is more glorious than an entire forest in Autumn. We can bloom where we are planted every single day of our lives. We can produce good fruits even during the worst weather. And we can plant seeds of goodness and delight in our souls and in the souls of others that will produce a harvest that never ends.
We live in a spectacular world of God’s creation. His greatest wonder of all, though, is us. May we always live our lives in love, joy, and glorious oneness with Him.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella