Monday Devotional
Dear Friend,
I will admit it, I am impatient.  The calendar says that Spring begins this week, but the weather has felt anything but spring-like.  When temperatures reached the 60’s in January, Rachel and I went for a hike in Brown County.  During an unusually warm day in February, I donned my running shorts and went for a jog.  I am ready for the warmer weather.
I look out the window and suspect I’m not the only one impatient for Spring.   The trees have buds and the tulips and daffodils are already poking up from the soil.  I think they are sensing the changes and ready for what is to come.
Spring will be here in its own time.  No amount of wishful thinking will make it arrive sooner.  And even when the calendar shows that Spring has officially arrived, that doesn’t mean there won’t be frost in the mornings or the need for an extra blanket at night.  
The flowers and trees remind us of what is to come.  But in the meantime, we gain lessons in patience and hope-filled waiting.  These transitional seasons also teach us lessons in appreciation.  Let us give thanks for the gift of a fireplace on a cold evening, a hot cup of cocoa or tea, curling up in a blanket with a good book, the taste of spicy chili or a cup of soup.  
Be patient and give thanks for the unique gifts of this day.