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Apr 12

Trust – Can I Trust That Spring Arrived?

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Values

As a Minnesotan springtime involves profound change.  If you’re a Minnesotan you know what I mean.  It’s not just the weather, it’s an entire mindset!

Springtime is my favorite time of the year. I want to believe it’s truly Spring.

There is evidence beyond my feelings and my hope for change.

The calendar says the “First Day of Spring” arrived; according to infoplease on March 20, 2011, at precisely 7:21 P.M. EDT, the Sun crossed directly over the Earth’s equator; the temperature soared above sixty; and the snow is finally gone, BUT for how long I wonder?

Trust is so hard.

Trust is hard for many reasons; there are so many variables.

Could daytime temperature fall below freezing again? Of course.

Could another late spring snow descend? It’s happened before.

Looking out my window these and more questions fill my mind.

Can I trust that it’s Spring?  Should I trust that it’s Spring?

I love how my friend Julia said it recently on her blog Second Hand Yard: “Each year in this house I’ve been surprised by the beautiful red tulips that still pop through the dry dirt on the side of the garage, but not surprised that some of them have lost their energy and simply cannot bloom.”

Should I trust? Am I foolish to get my hopes up?

Julia continued, “I hope I can keep up when the glories and bulbs decide to make an appearance.”

Relationships can be the same way. Trusting someone is hard: “I hope I can…”

More tomorrow.

FYI: I enjoy reading Julia’s Second Hand Yard posts. You can read her whole article “Been Asleep” here.

Bring on the comments

  1. Scott, I’m honored by the quote – and yes it’s hard for me to trust. But, it’s also easy to have hope when it’s this beautiful outside and so much is physically showing off with green buds and knowing that the seasons will continue to move and change without me doing anything. The green stuff WILL bloom, even if I don’t intentionally weed around them and fertilize them. I don’t have to control it, but I can nurture it and give it some attention and love. And then, maybe then, I’ll be changed in how I appreciate those budding things and how I take some confidence in myself as gardener.

  2. I wish I found gardening relaxing, fortunately perennials are perennial!

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