New Thoughts on Springtime
This time of the year, most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are thinking of the season that is now upon usspring!
After a long and hard winter, virtually all of us enjoy the prospects of warmer weather and the new life that springtime represents. Since this past year has been particularly frigid, with depths of snow seldom seen in previous years, and temperatures at minus 30 degrees in some places, the relief that we want is coming just at the right time. As life has it, after hard times, we especially enjoy the better times and seasons.
After the flood of Noahs day, we can see that this is what God planned. He told Noah:
While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night shall not cease.
According to the Lord, times of coldness and winter will continue until the Day of Judgment. While we may not like aspects of this, we accept it from Gods wise hand. (We are aware that there may be a few of our readers who love the freezing days of winter.)
In our own area, the weather has been quite unusual. Although we didnt receive the ultra-cold and precipitation that the North endured, we did have unusual weather patterns. Surprisingly, daffodils began to emerge and bloom in late January! Here is a photo of one of them:
But then the cold weather came, day after day. The blossoms began to bud in the fruitless pear tree out front, but the cold stunted the natural process, thus we didnt see many full blossoms even when it warmed up. This is what I mean:
Happily, the time came when the warmer days allowed the daffodils to really come out with their yellow and white colors, and along with them the purple hyacinth flowers.
My wife particularly enjoys three small magnolia bushes and looks forward toward their blooms:
I was thinking today of a song Ive sung for years entitled, Blue Skies and Rainbows:
Blue skies and rainbows
And sunbeams from heaven
Are wheat I can see
When my Lord is living in me.
This suggests that God demonstrates His glory in what He has created, whether that be the sun, moon, and stars, or whether that be the vegetation around us. The song continues:
Green grass and flowers
All blooming in springtime
Are works of the Master
I live for each day.
When we see the green grass and the flowers blooming in springtime, we are reminded of Gods marvelous works that show His power and wisdom. As the psalmist puts it: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands (Psalm 143:5). God does want us to muse on His work, the aspects of creation that we see all around us.
The song then concludes:
Tall mountains, green valleys
The beauty that surrounds me
All make me aware of
the One who made it all.
(Gary Mabrey, 1971)
There is something about what God has made, even though it be marred greatly by sin (Genesis 3), that causes us to focus our attention on the great Maker and Sustainer.
Presently, when we step out front or out back, we are greeted with not only the remaining daffodils but the tulips are now blooming. This happens to be my wifes favorite flower (although they dont really last long and will probably be gone in two or three weeks). Mine is probably from the rose family. Either way, God shows what He is doing and we are reminded of who our Creator is.
Another song that I think of at this time of the year is Fairest Lord Jesus. Have you noticed the second verse:
Fair are the meadows,
Fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
The song writer reminds us that God has made the meadows and woodlands to be filled with the blooming garb of spring. Enjoy this while you may since spring doesnt last too long.
If you happen to live in the country, now is the time to walk in the meadows and explore the greening vegetation of the woods. There you may see wildflowers that testify to their Creator.
Maybe you are not blessed with flowers at your house or apartment, and maybe you are not near to the countryside. If so, perhaps you are near to a city gardens. Our city has a Botanic Gardens, a lovely place where I used to walk for an hour or two each week while I lifted my heart to God. I look back to those days with much delight. Even if we dont have such a professional Garden available, maybe you are near a smaller park where you can observe the trees, grass and flowersand maybe also listen to the spring song of birds!
Take advantage of this time of the year. Not only can you enjoy the blessings and fragrances of nature, but you can direct your heart to God the giver of every good and perfect gift!