Every year around this time, I remember celebrating Mayday as a kid. My mom, my sisters and I would get up in the wee small hours of the morning and hop in the car before the sun was up. The plan was to deliver a little potted plant to both sets of grandparents and anybody else we could squeeze in before it was time for school. We were vigilant in our attempts to be awake before the grandparents so that the May basket could truly be a surprise.
But every year (Every. Year!) these beloved people who are part of my DNA were awake before we got there and typically greeted us at the door. We’d have a good laugh over not surprising them yet again. In fact, not surprising them became part of the tradition. (“Let’s get up at the crack of dawn so Grandma can take her May basket in person…..or maybe we could sleep in and bring it in the afternoon??”)
May baskets are the memory that comes most quickly to mind when I think about springtime.
This month of the year seems to be even busier than December with all of the graduations and celebrations that go on. No matter how organized a calendar can be, somehow May starts to run at break-neck speed. And more often than not, we can start to feel like that busy calendar is complaint-worthy. We’re running too fast, we’ve got too much to do.
But I wonder if we can find a kind of surprise May basket in that crazy schedule. Not an actual begonia left on your doorstep by a mischievous neighbor, but a joyful surprise in your spirit.
One of my favorite things to listen to right now is the musical “Hamilton.” A particularly favorite line in one of the early songs is “look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”
You might be looking over your schedule or your calendar and feeling a little stressed or frustrated. But I think it’s possible that in this coming month, rather than yelling “Mayday! Mayday!” as a distress signal, you might see the beginning of this month as a joyful surprise. Our creator wants us to “look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” There may be all kinds of things that you could see as negative….but blessings abound and God is alive. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Happy Spring, friends. May your May be full of joyful surprises. Pastor Sarah