From birth through my 18th birthday, I lived on a farm in southeastern Minnesota. I found the season uniquely fascinating. Spring included increased activity. Preparing the planting equipment, purchasing and hauling seed, and the miracle of green shoots pushing out of the dark soil provided work and wonderment. We also had a large garden.
The determination of participants to physically struggle, push themselves forward, navigate the emotional roller coaster, and eventually reach their goal is reminiscent of the shoot pushing through the fertile, cold, and hard soil to display itself. The display on the surface may not initially appear beautiful. Yet, there is an inner awesomeness that radiates from deep inside. The struggle to achieve, the struggle to express mental and physical endurance, emanates from each person. It is my pleasure to observe that human beauty in this ritual of spring.
Every season of life is an opportunity to explore the magnificence of creation, both in people and in nature!