Chuck Terrill: Spring is near

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter's period of hibernation is just about over.

Soon, we’ll change our clocks and “spring forward.” That will bring more evening sunshine. Children will begin to play outside again, and the earth will begin to change from brown to green. Tulips and daffodils will soon spring forth, followed by our annual crop of dandelions.


I enjoyed reading my newly received Spring Seed Catalog, last week, while the snow was falling outside. The reality was an inch of snow, but the hope was spring, just around the corner. Sometimes, winter has a hard time turning loose. But if all goes well, you can plant potatoes, lettuce, and garden peas in early March. It does a person good, just to get out and work in the garden, even if it is too early to get much planting done.

Some people like to brag about having their garden planted, and another group will not have even touched a hoe handle. The early planting group will worry about a late freeze, and the latter group will worry about an early drought. One group will find every container imaginable to cover up their tender plants every night. The other group will run their sprinklers erstwhile worrying about paying the water bill.

Sometimes we wonder if it wouldn't be so much easier, and maybe cheaper, to buy our vegetables at the grocery store. But as long as a person has some “get up and go left,” they ought to plant a little garden. We know that farming of any kind is a lot of work and worry; a gamble that will, hopefully, pay off. Where nothing is risked, nothing is gained, and the exercise is good for us.

I usually plant our garden when the trees show their first tinge of green. Another sign that winter is almost past is when the first tips of a daffodil are seen. All of the risks of early planting are worth the reward of being the first of your friends to eat a ripe tomato. 

As I age, I enjoy the change of the seasons more. I remember an elderly woman who, surrounded by the glory of Spring, prayed, “Dear Lord, don't see fit to take me while the glories of spring are upon the land.” Of course, the punch line is that she prayed the same prayer during every season of the year. She was a wise woman, and I add my heartfelt prayer to hers.  

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3.7)

Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 471-847-2460.