March 19, 2013 by Jess
It’s not spring! Ok, in the northern hemisphere you are all enjoying those first glimpses of new life that come with the spring. Meanwhile, here we are enjoying some refreshing drops of rain, a relief after the weeks of dry have begun to take their toll. Roll on the beautiful colours of autumn. I hope to blog some enjoyment of the autumn colours in the weeks to come.
However, this weeks wild photo challenge is spring. So I will reminisce and flick back through the files.
This glimpse of spring is from a trip to the farm a couple of years ago. While thoughts of spring often rotate around the beautiful blossoms and flowers, here on the farm it is more about the birth of the lambs. These cute fluffy creatures are not always so. This is a time of hard work and messiness as the farmer seeks to give these vulnerable wee guys a chance to survive in what is often very changeable weather conditions.
Amongst the harsh realities, this vulnerable little fellow makes a cute picture. Safe in the shelter of the barn, regaining strength, he is beginning to explore and discover the world. He might not eat hay yet, but it won’t be long.
Spring with these little lambs so vulnerable, so messy, so dependent, remind me of how vulnerable and messy our own lives are. Reminding me that we really are so dependent, if we would just admit it to ourselves. These lambs, within the barn, are dependent on the gentle and kind farmer, who at the right time will release them to run free across the fields under his watchful eye.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
(Isaiah 40:11 ESV)
I’m so thankful for the spring and its picture of the gentle farmer willing to face the mess for the sake of his lambs. For I know another shepherd, Jesus, and he gently cares for His lambs, all who follow him. He is the one before whom it is safe to be dependent.
© J.Smith Photography and ‘illuminating the invisible’ (2012-2013).