The Weeping Cherry, so bare and empty all year, blooms in full today.
I think about this very special week of blooms, and I remember God's ancient and unchanging ways:
I remember Psalm 126: "Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them."
We go out weeping and return with joy. We're brought low, spindly and bare as winter branches, only to enter a new season.
It will be so. As Psalm 30 remarks:
"You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever."
As He clothes the Weeping Cherry with this particular splendor, we also receive a splendor that makes the heart sing.
We burst open with it. We cannot be silent.
What's in full bloom around you (or within you!) today?