Spring Rain: A Meditative Photo Essay

Rain

Raindrops on puddle.
Raindrops on puddle. | Source
New spring seedlings surround ground squirrel hole at Niner Estates, Paso Robles the day after a rain.
New spring seedlings surround ground squirrel hole at Niner Estates, Paso Robles the day after a rain.

Spring Rain: A Lullaby

I hear spring rain dancing on my roof

Making my brain sleepy as I type.

"Sleep, sleep, sleep," it drums.

I rub my eyes, tempted to close them.


As the drops fall, sending my brain into hibernation

I remember these same drops

Are calling new sprouts from the ground.

When I wake tomorrow, the earth will be green again.

Spring Rain: Earth is Green Again

Green grass in front of Niner Estates Winery and Tasting Room, Paso Robles, March 22, 2012
Green grass in front of Niner Estates Winery and Tasting Room, Paso Robles, March 22, 2012 | Source

Spring Rain: The Vines Awaken

The vineyards will drink their fill

As new shoots burst from newly pruned vines,

Stirred from their dormant state,

Ready to leaf out.

The Vineyards

Newly pruned grape vines at Niner Estates, March 22, 2012
Newly pruned grape vines at Niner Estates, March 22, 2012 | Source
Rain comes to the vineyards.
Rain comes to the vineyards. | Source

Spring Rain: The Oaks Also Wake Up

The oaks, too, are coming to life

After a leafless winter.

Their edges now are green

As they wake and shake in the spring wind

The Oaks Leaf Out In March

Oak beginning to leaf out near train station in Paso Robles, CA, March 22, 2012
Oak beginning to leaf out near train station in Paso Robles, CA, March 22, 2012 | Source

The Flower Colors of Spring

Peach tree in bloom.
Peach tree in bloom. | Source
Daffodils and Pansies.
Daffodils and Pansies. | Source
Cheerful Spring Pansies
Cheerful Spring Pansies | Source
Red flowers of spring. Please tell me in comments if you know the names for them. I'm having a senior moment.
Red flowers of spring. Please tell me in comments if you know the names for them. I'm having a senior moment. | Source

Spring Rain: Resurrection


Year after year the Lord of nature

Wakes his plant kingdom to

Paint the earth with colors

Human eyes have craved during a winter of deprivation.


Year after year, dawn follows darkness,

Day follows night

Spring follows winter

And resurrection follows death.


The One who created all seasons

And all life,

Who conquered death when he left his tomb

On that first Easter,

Reminds us every year that

death is but a path to new life.

Spring Meditation

God loves to speak in pictures to his people. From the beginning he had a plan which he revealed to us in the Garden of Eden and continued to communicate through his prophets, through his Son, Jesus, and through the writers of the New Testament. He has used the words of men to reveal his plan of redemption through the death of Jesus on the cross, and the good news of his resurrection three days later. God mandated the feast of the Passover for his people to celebrate to prepare them to leave their slavery in Egypt as the firstborn children of Egypt died and the Angel of Death passed over the Hebrews and they were able to escape.

The Passover pointed to Jesus, who would come thousands of years later and redeem his people and all who believed in him. John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God, who would be the real atonement sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. God had instilled this picture in the minds of all Jews, since to remain a part of the Jewish nation they had to observe the Passover each year or be cut off from their people. Every Jew knew the meaning of the Passover, because God wanted them to be able to recognize the true Passover Lamb when he came.

While Jesus was on earth, he often spoke in parables, painting word pictures that illustrated his message. Almost anyone who has been to a Sunday School knows the parables of The Good Samaritan, the Sower, the Prodigal Son,and the Lost Sheep. He also used word pictures in the Sermon on the Mount . He told people not to be preoccupied with what they would wear and reminded them of the lilies of the field, who neither toil nor spin, which are dressed better than Solomon, the richest of the Jewish kings. He told his followers they were the light of the world and instructed them not to hide it under a bushel. And who will forget the story of the wise man who built his house upon the rock so it would withstand the rain, wind, and floods? (And the foolish man, who built on sand, whose house fell when subjected to those same elements.)

We also have the picture of the unforgiving servant who owed his lord a great debt. He begged his lord for mercy and the debt was forgiven, but that same forgiven servant would not forgive a smaller debt from a fellow servant and had him put in prison until he could pay. When the lord got word of it, he told off the unforgiving servant because although he himself had been forgiven, he would not forgive the other servant's smaller debt and would not show him the mercy he'd been shown himself. The lord then threw him into prison until he had paid all of his debt.

One prophetic story he told was about a man who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it and a winepress in it, and let it out to tenants. He then left the country. When it was harvest time, he sent his servants to get his fruit from the tenants, but the tenants beat one servant, killed another, and stoned yet another. (These servants represent the prophets.) The vineyard owner then sent more servants, and they were treated in a similar way. Finally, the owner sent his son, believing the tenants would at least respect him. But instead, the tenants thought if they killed the son, they themselves would be the heirs, so they took him outside the vineyard and killed him. Jesus left his listeners with this question: When the owner of the vineyard comes back, what will he do to these tenants? Their answer to him is in Matthew 21:41: He will put them to death and let the vineyard out to others who will give him the fruit due to him. This story refers back to what follows.

In the Old Testament, Israel is often referred to as a vineyard that God dug, cleared of rocks, planted with choice vines, watered, and did everything a vineyard owner could do for it, but instead of bearing good grapes, it yielded only wild grapes. In Isaiah 5 we read: ...O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? He pronounces judgment on the vineyard, removing its hedge, breaking down its wall, and letting it be trampled. Isaiah interprets this story: For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a cry!

When God sent Jesus to his people to call them to repentance, and to bear the fruits of repentance, they had him put to death. He was crucified to atone for the sins of the world, was buried in a borrowed tomb, and on the third day he rose again from the dead. He was seen for forty days by many witnesses. Then he returned to Heaven, from which he had come. You can read all of this story for yourself in the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

As I see spring come each year, it is a picture to me of the resurrection as all the dormant plants come to life again. It almost seems here as though the late rains wake them up. Almost overnight the earth is full of color, and it is also time to celebrate Resurrection Day, or what the church calls Easter.

What More Could the Vineyard Owner Have Done?

What the vineyard owner desired.
What the vineyard owner desired. | Source
What the vineyard owner got.
What the vineyard owner got. | Source

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your photographs and the well laid out information are beautiful. I love how you wove the parables into the Hub along with the poems. This is a perfect and inspiring Hub. Thank you. Hyph


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Hyph, thank you very much for being the first to comment. I was too tired last night to feel like writing, and the rain kept falling, and I was sleepy. The poem just happened, but it wasn't enough to make a hub, even with the pictures. So I started expanding on that last stanza and the rest just happened. I hadn't intended to go in that direction when I started. I've always liked the passages about God as the one who planted his vineyard and lovingly tended it. Maybe it's because I see vineyards every day as I go about my errands here. I see the work that goes on as new vineyards are planted, and I see the care with which wine if made and how proud vintners are of their fine wines.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh how I loved this one WannaB Writer;so an up up and away without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thanks for coming by to read it, Eddy, I really do appreciate your comments.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

You are so very welcome ;your work deserves good comments.

Eddy.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I loved this, WannaB Writer. What a clever idea of formatting to add the element of creativity and surprise. Voted up.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Diana, I'm afraid when I started writing this, I had no idea where I was going. It was raining, and I was trying to stay awake. Then one thought led to another, and I got involved in thought, and that sent me in a new direction. And I woke up. So I didn't have a clever idea to start with. I think God just led in this direction.


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velvet53 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

I love the way you have this laid out.With the pictures mixed in it takes me on a journey.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you for your comments. I was hoping it would do that.


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velvet53 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

I think you did a great job with this.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thanks, Velvet53, for taking the time to come by.

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