Finally, spring has come! I always love spring on the farm. It is this time of year the flowers burst into bloom. It is now, after months of rain, the sun comes to beckon us outside. All around baby animals are being born. And looking out the windows, the baby calves and goats are lying out in the sunshine, soaking in every bit of the beautiful sunshine. Spring must be my favorite season of all. Surprisingly, we had a quarter inch of snow/slush this morning. I had a wonderful chance to get some photos this week, and I finally got photos of our new baby bucklings. See this post for a little more about them.
‘Tis the season for farm work! On Friday we had our 8th baby goat of the season. Baby calves are being born all over the place, so I can only guess how many we have in the field right now. On Wednesday we had our fall calving round-up, which was almost 30 cows to run through the corral. We had to pregnancy test the mamma cows, tattoo any un-tattooed females, give all of them about three shots, and do some other stuff. I’ve done round-ups where we had more cows to run through, but I have never done a round-up with so much to do on each cow, for the number of cows. I think I can say it took us around 4 hours with about 3 people.
Also we have a wonderful amount of garden starts growing right now. We have broccoli and romaine starts that are about 5 inches tall already. There are also carrots, beets, basil, celery, and pea starts, all doing well. On top of that we more recently planted tomato and onion seeds, which are just starting to come up.
I hope this morning’s snow is the last snow of the season, so that we will be able to transplant some of the starts. I’m looking forward to lush green pasture or “May flowers” as the result of the upcoming “April showers”.
What do you look forward to, at spring? The sunshine? Maybe simply the lessening of the endless rain? I know I look forward to a lot of things. Spring is the season of new life. It is the time when, after the dead stalks and sprouts of winter have rotted away, and the new sprouts up. Fall always melts into Winter, but Spring is different. Spring leaps out of Winter as an altogether new season and time. Spring is the season when the seed that was sowed brings forth the beginnings and the promise of fruit. Spring calls forth hope and joy. The harvest and ripening are yet in the distance, but Spring brings the promise to life. But the new life must face storms soon. The sunshine will not last forever. Yet, if it endures, it will be even stronger, and will be better for facing a storm or two. However, many seeds will fall by the wayside, grow up among thorns, or wither away in the heat, and will never make it to their fullness. Jesus uses this example in the parable of the sower:
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.”
Later the disciples ask what his parable meant and he said:
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”
We cannot be like those on the rock, who though we sprout up with joy, simply wither away when we are tested, not having our root in Jesus Christ. Christ must be our vine and we must abide in him. Have a wonderful spring in Christ!