We all know how different this March and April have been.
Businesses have been and are still closed down. Many people are out of work and at home. Playgrounds are empty and schools are closed with kids of all ages getting their lessons on line at home.
Restaurants that have been able to stay open and grocery stores are making home deliveries as we are all staying in to minimize our exposure to the coronavirus.
Church services have gone on line. As have meetings of all sorts.
We’ve all talked about what we miss about this Shelter in Place response to the pandemic:
going to a restaurant or getting coffee with friends,
seeing a movie at the theater,
attending sporting events – or even watching sports on TV,
and most of all visiting with friends, family and loved ones complete with HUGS, HUGS and more HUGS.
But it’s interesting to me, as I take my short walk around the neighborhood, hands in my pockets, wearing my mask, avoiding every other person but waving from a safe distance; that Spring has not been stopped!
Now that most of our snow is over, there are tulips, jonquils, and daffodils blooming in gorgeous color!
No one told the flowers to “shelter in place” in the ground. Or to avoid groups of more than 5 or 10. Buds have appeared on the trees. And they are not waiting for social restrictions to be lifted before they come out.
Our rose bushes are sending out runners, and the ground cover is emerging with lush greens and tiny blossoms ready to burst.
I’ve seen insect life slowly returning, hawks swooping through the yard. And yesterday, a butterfly! A sure sign that Spring is here.
Our pastor spoke today about butterflies. They spend part of their life cycle sequestered alone in a chrysalis. During that time, maturity takes place that will serve the pupa well in its life as a butterfly.
We seem to be in a chrysalis of sorts. How are we investing in our maturity that will benefit us when we are able to be out and about again?
And time is marching on, whether we are participating in our usual activities or not.
So 2 thoughts:
1– With time marching on, how are you making the most of the time you have on your hands? Are you finding ways to keep connected with those people and things that are important to you? Not knowing how long this social distancing is going to last, don’t wait for it all to be over before you reach out to others.
2 – What are you learning and how are you growing in ways that will contribute to your maturity when this stage is over? What will you take from your chrysalis into the next phase of your life?
Enjoy this Spring.
From a bedroom window, a front door, a back porch, a short walk.
Time marches on…
Don’t miss it!