North Highland United Methodist Church
Friday, February 26, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors



Waiting for the Leaves
I’m feeling somewhat fickle —just a few days ago I joined in with all of the choruses heralding the certain advent of actual spring (beyond the calendar date). And I marveled that first day when the warmth from the sun definitely held that “summertime” promise. Now today I’m feeling impatient once again, looking at the tree outside my office, willing the leaves to come forth so once again it is a thing of beauty. And so we wait for buds, and leaves as signs that winter is finally put away for the year.
When I was a kid growing up on the plains of southwestern North Dakota, the surest sign of spring was found in the crocuses appearing on a still sleepy prairie. By the time school was out for the summer, bunches of low-growing bluebells appeared. Those bluebells proclaiming that summer was truly on the horizon always fascinated me. I think maybe theirdelicate shape and pastel colors helped me imagine they came right out of a fairy tale, magically turning the pasture into some kind of a wonderland.
And so we wait for leaves, and blossoms, and all of nature’s other summer time splendor. It’s true with many or perhaps most things of life—some things just cannot be hurried. Much of life does not happen according to our personal time tables, wishes, or desires. We can send a message around the world in a matter of seconds, we can get food at a drive up in minutes, and we can get a package from one place to another in 24 hours. But sometimes we wait—whether it is for leaves, or wellness, or church growth, or return of joy. The ancient preacher/poet of Ecclesiastes reminds us “There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens”. Nevertheless there is plenty to do while we wait—we prepare, dream, trust, and hope. We act and move with the ever present Spirit of God, in whatever ways we are able—whether it is prayer, words, or actions while we are waiting. The Spirit strengthens, guides, and holds us through all the seasons of life.
May whatever you have appreciated as your own sign of spring speak to you in the coming days, and give you hope not only for the warmth of summer, but also for the hope of God’s life-long and eternal love.
Blessings and peace,
Pastor Lou

May 2018