Have you ever noticed that the first colors of Spring are mostly yellow. The palette of Spring is almost exclusively pastel, but it is buttery yellow which heralds Spring’s arrival. The daffodils; the forsythia; the buttercups; even the dandelions; arrive in waves of yellows, announcing Winter’s demise. The earth, like fresh popcorn, is left dripping in delicious sweet butter.
At this point in Lent, we know we are coming back to Life. We are returning to our God and to our very Selves. We are finishing up the long journey back home, and like a beacon of hope, these merry yellows will guide us.
Why yellow? Well, I suspect it has something to do with the sun, and that it is hard not to feel happier in a yellow room. Yellow is a day lightener and brightener. Yellow lifts the spirits. Yellow shakes off the cobwebs of Winter, and this most lovely color darts and dashes about like a butterfly. Yellow feels alive, like raw energy, even joy.
Take a long lazy drive or walk in early Spring, and count the yellows you see. You will be amazed. They are literally spread everywhere, as if the earth was smeared with a thick layer of buttery goodness. Savor it, and take it in slowly, and realize how spending is this Life now returning in all of its glory.
In Winter we behold the beauty of fresh snow, berries and blue skies so bright they can blind us. In Spring we smile at all these dabs of yellows that speckle the landscape. No matter what the season, God finds a way to grab our attention, to make us take notice, and to invite us to let the wonder coat our souls.
Lent is winding it up now. It is ready to climb to the top, and take in the vision we call Easter. Easter is a way of Life, and a new perspective, and a recommitment to all that is love and forgiveness. Easter is the event of Grace, the promise that eternity is ours anytime we seek it, or keep ourselves open to its presence.
Reverend William R. Grimbol has spent the past 30+ years helping people create and develop strong spiritual connections with loved ones and God. He is also a published author, with over a dozen books to his credit.