I was at a retreat center recently on a cold, windy drizzly day. I had a raincoat, boots and a sweater but even with all that, I still didn’t want to wander outside too much. The dark colors, broken limbs, dead leaves, gray sky and harsh wind all reminded me of the seeming death in winter.
Yet, in reality, things are just sleeping in the winter and spring will come. Green will emerge, grass will grow, the sun will warm your skin. This poem was written to express the joy of seeing a little green shoot of life emerge after a long and cold brown winter.
A Shoot Sprang Forth
Surprise to me this little shoot of green that came my way
While all was brown and dark outside, a newness came today
The sadder part lay dying there, old dreams began to fade
Yet in the middle of it all the shoot stood up to say:
“Have hope, have cheer, a page has turned there’s more of life to come
Life in Me and those about, with you I’m never done.”
Hope ahead yet barely seen, it feels within my reach
Moving to surrender now for what you have to teach.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-3