A Vignette of Spring Flowers and Warm Breezes
Winters are not severe here in Vancouver, but the season is obvious: cool, lots of rain, and more dull days than anyone wants. Sunny days are greeted with joy, and people pour out to enjoy walks. My walking partner says wistfully, “How I wish this break was really the beginning of spring, but it’s much too early. We won’t see spring for another month.”
Her estimation makes sense. She hit the average time the warm weather arrives here–but not this year. To our surprise and pleasure, mixed with feelings of confusion, spring really is beginning.
Nature reacts to what is happening, not to what it did last year. The flowers know. Every flowering bush has buds opening. The streets are lined with a majestic show of ornamental flowering trees, beautiful enough to thrill even the most serious allergy victims!
The song birds know; their singing lifts our spirits. Our ducks are back from the south, and building nests where future ducklings will be born. They know the time is right, regardless of the calendar.
How do they know? Nature seems to be a step ahead of us, and intuitively reacts to the realities it encounters. The first priority in nature is survival.
If we want our world to survive we also must accept the realities which exist. We can no longer shut our eyes and pretend “God’s in His Heaven, all’s right with His world.” Like the world of nature, our human world is facing extinction. The signs are everywhere – such as the melting of the polar ice, and the general warming of the earth.
Now is the time for us to seriously look, understand, and react.