THREE TREES IN SEASON
We met in the archway. Swept past the waiting crowds, joined the queue inside.
Headed for the stairs - another long line.
But then we were in. Swept with the people into a room of vast canvas, brilliant blinding colour, trees.
I stare at the spring of the trees.
Look with the artist through the blossom to the greening.
Feel it coming alive with new hope.
Scent the new grass growing.
Feel the life, the hope, the returning.
It’s my picture. I stand and stare, unable to take in all that it promises. This.
This is what I am here for, what I am meant to see. That there is hope. Life springs out again.
At the scent of water which I can see - it has already rained and everything is fresh and new-sprung.
There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. (Job 14:7-9)
People pass in front of me, obscuring the view. I sigh and turn to view the next.
It is Three Trees. Again.
spring summer autumn winter.
And oh yes.
Yes, yes. My seasons. That’s where I WAS.
Winter, stark, bare, frozen.
Devoid of signs of life.
Cold and unfeeling. Cut down.
Now there is spring and the life.
And the promise of this next – summer.
Thick luxury of life in all its fullness. Bold glorious colour.
If winter come, can spring be far behind? And then a summer’s lease.
And knowing that one day will be the autumn of my life.
But for now, I am content to be in spring time.
Anticipating the summer yet to come.
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I have to move on. There is more to see.
I long to view the trees again and hunt in the shop for postcards.
Only two – winter and spring. But they meant the most.
We go to lunch. She hands me the heavy bag. ‘For you.’
It is the whole book of paintings. I gasp.
All four are there.
The book stays open on my table. At spring.
Soon it will be summer. It’s been painted, it will come.
Each season in its time.
What season are you in for now?
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.