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Topic: Spring (as in the season) (11/28/05)
TITLE: Spring Before Summer
By Vanessa streets
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Everyone knows that there are four seasons designated to specify changes in the weather during the year....winter brings the year in, and fall takes the year out. However, in the middle of these two seasons lies Spring and Summer, Spring being before Summer. Certainly, not only do these seasons apply to the weather that we experience in our physical atmosphere, but we also experience these same seasons within our spiritual atmosphere. Spring is known in the physical realm as a time designated for rain on all levels, whether it be a little sprinkling or heavy showers. It's a time of watering the soil of the earth, and replenishing the needed elements to ensure growth. Sometimes, it may seem as if the rain from Springtime will never end, often signified by the enormous amounts of rain drops that fall to earth. All creations are affected differently by the rain, an ant may be drowned by a mere inch of rain, while a giant sees an inch of rain as a small thing. But the ant is just as devastated by the inch of rain as a giant would be in 17 feet of rain, because to the ant, an inch is more than he can handle.
Spring comes before summer, and usually when it is spring, we look forward to that season being over, because it is a dreary, wet, dampering time of the year. Once it is finally over, we appreciate it's affects because of the growth that we have experienced in the creations around us. Although it is difficult to deal with while it's here, when it's gone we appreciate it and we realize that nature would be off balance without it.
You may be experiencing a season of Spring right now in your spiritual life, there may be dreary clouds formed over your situation, and rain drops may be soon to follow. Your rain drops may be sprinkles or they may be showers, but the fact remains that rain is on the way, it's that time of year. Your faith may be ant size, and a drop of rain may seem like too much for you to handle, or your faith may be giant, and may require that you are almost flooded out with rain in your situation. Regardless of who you are, the rain is there to water your faith. Be it giant size or ant size, your rain is just as painful as the next persons, so don't compare your storm to someone elses. Just soke up the rain, and know that through the process, you are guaranteed to grow. Spring is a season, it only lasts for so long. It is a temporary time that will soon change. Spring is before summer, and once summer has arrived, all signs of the rain disappear, everything looks dry and sunny. To someone looking at the scenary during summertime, it looks as if Spring had never came. The only thing that remains as evidence that Spring was ever there is growth. Embrace your Spring, for in the end, your faith will grow.
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