“I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times.  The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next.  Everything in creation is being more or less held back.  God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious time ahead.  Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens…”  —Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Rom.8:18-21

And every springtime we get to practice the anticipation of life coming from death, beauty from drabness, warmth from chill…


On rainy afternoons such as today’s it’s hard to imagine summer sun, but there are hints of spring underway all about the yard…

Prime Rose
In the coy beauty of a prim bud…

and the rain-drop ornaments of lupine leaf…

Spring is on the way!  Resurrection life is no false hope.


So ‘we rejoice in hope of the glory of God!’ (Rom.5:2)
Here’s hoping you’re seeing hints of springtime’s promise in your days, whether through rain or shine.

One thought on “Anticipation

  1. Linda,

    Absolutely refreshing and inspiring! You could publish these in a book like or other source and sell them as beautiful hard-cover devotionals for nature-lovers.

    Thank you for taking the time to be be discipined about your hikes and the use of your pen.


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