Green is the color of growth. As springtime comes near, new buds appear on the bare branches of trees. And before we know it the leaves will unfurl bringing a fresh beauty as the hardwood trees awake from their dormant season. They join with the evergreens to fill the hillside with so many shades of green.
GREEN LEAVES AND YELLOW FLOWERS
Along with new leaves come new flowers, too. Actually here at my house we already have daffodils blooming even though the trees are still bare. What a joy to look out and see those bright yellow blossoms! I love the springtime and watching the progression of plants and trees as they go from bud to fullness.
Through the winter our chickens were not giving many eggs, as they need about 14 hours a day of sunshine in order to steadily produce eggs. Lately we’ve been getting more and more each day. These two hens decided to pose for me as I was outside. I couldn’t resist taking their picture. They are also a sign of growth as we near the end of winter.
GREEN GRASS AND SPRING RAINS
Green is such a welcoming color to me. As we grow and mature it’s easy to fill our days with our responsibilities and busyness and forget to notice how subtly the seasons change sometimes.
In the spring I’m often surprised when I look out and see all the trees full of leaves, when just a few days before they still looked bare. It’s like I notice the buds and then forget until all of a sudden the trees are all fully dressed.
I wonder what I would notice if I took the time to examine them every day. Would I see the slight growth each day until finally they all burst into their fullness?
Our grass usually turns brown in the winter, but when spring comes the green returns and the grass is thick and lush. That’s when I love walking barefoot on the thick verdant carpet. And, of course the spring rains add to the refreshment and growth.
I love this excerpt from a song of Moses in Deuteronomy:
Pay attention, heavens, and I will speak; listen, earth, to the words from my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain and my word settle like dew, like gentle rain on new grass and showers on tender plants. For I will proclaim the Lord’s name. Declare the greatness of our God! The Rock—his work is perfect; all his ways are just. A faithful God, without bias, he is righteous and true. Deuteronomy 32:1-4 CSB
The #FiveMinuteFriday prompt for this week is the word, green.