Today the first actual sense of spring was felt. I felt it in my toes, the air was fresher and the little flowers were peeking out from newly green shrubs. It was truly amazing to see people being to smile, shed their winter coats and walking around in the parks again.
It has been a long winter. But it also makes you feel anew, this feeling of spring. I can understand how some people literally worship the spring. There are symbolic reasons for it. It makes me think in Baha’u’llah’s quote that says ” If it not for the cold how would the Fire of Thy word prevail oh Light of the Worlds?” It comes from the fire tablet.
In El Salvador we have the sun for most of the year. It never gets really cold. We take the sun for granted. The sun is there when we wake up, and it is there for us to say goodbye at night. The dawn always comes to greet us at 6 o’clock.
It is always, always predictable. However, that’s why it isn’t extraordinary. We think , hey it’s just the sun. We see it everyday, so no one would go outside and walk in the park with an amazed look on their face. We never see the rebirth of the sun in the flowers and smell it in the dew that falls on the newborn petals. We don’t kiss it goodbye on the red tinted leaves or lament it when we see the withered trees.
The winter is long, and cold and miserable. It seeps in our bones. The sun seems like a distant dream that we must have known long ago. We try to brighten up with small things, like putting up christmas lights, using posh clothes and drinking hot chocolate. But it is not the sun.
So when we had a glorious day like this we cannot help but feel overjoyed. The sun is extraordinary.
This is why, the world will not appreciate the light of God without going through turmoil and chaos. If we had light everyday we would not fully appreciate it’s glory. We would not strive for it everyday, and we would not learn. What is sad is that the world is in such darkness we have lost hope. We think that there really isn’t a way to go back from it. We have forgotten to hope. But guess what? Springtime is coming. And if you look closely you can see the newborn buds peeking out from the fresh earth.