For some of us, that rates an "Ugh!" for we know that the struggle with pollen is just beginning, and will continue for a few weeks. Me? Personally, I'm blessed with a nose that doesn't get bothered by that kind of thing.
Spring definitely is a time of increased activity, though. And not just the birds and the bees, and the trees popping out their leaves. (Don't get me started on the birds that disdain the nesting areas created for them, and obstinately try to build in precarious places that I have to keep clearing!)
For us, it's always a time to clear the yard of debris from the winter. To survey the grapevines and admire the irises. To gasp at the bare spots in the lawn, and head to the big orange store for grass seed and fertilizer.
Nodding your head with me?
I thought so!
The ground is prepared, and the seed is sown. Tiny sprouts delight us when they pop up, and we cajole them into growing (we think). When the time is right, the fertilizer is applied.
Careful, though! Too much fertilizer, and the sprouts are burned. Too little, and they run out of nourishment and die away. The same with the watering . . . got to be done just right.
Recently in the midst of this frenzy, the Spirit nudged me, and I realized afresh that this is just like the parable that Jesus used, to teach His disciples.
So, don't despair if that loved one or acquaintance that you've witnessed to, doesn't seem to want a relationship with our Lord. It will happen. When God's timing is perfect!
It's up to us to keep preparing the ground, and sowing the seeds!