I absolutely adore the spring time in northern Virginia. As a Texas girl, I didn’t grow up seeing an abundance of flowers. I seriously don’t know if I was aware of the change in seasons until I moved away. After all, Texas has two seasons: hot and cold.
However, Virginia has them all and it’s truly an amazing thing. I’m reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:1, every time the changes begin.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
There is a purpose to spring. As we watch the flowers bud and then bloom, I’m reminded that the dreary, dormant state of winter is gone. That God is working and something new is appearing.
I can’t help but correlate it to my writing. God gives me a seed, it gets planted, watered, and eventually it blooms. The process starts every single time I start a new book.
And when I read and hold another author’s finished product, I wonder what they went through to get it in my hands. What season did God work in them through the writing process? What did He break down? Build up?
Because even if some just see a book, I see the sweat, tears, and labor of love that went into it. I know that the author learned something just as surely as I will learn something reading it.
Reading is a gift just like Spring. So this season, I look forward to the blooming flowers and the gift of reading.
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of ACFW and the president of the Virginia chapter. You can find her on her website.