The freshness of spring

 

 

The Freshness of Spring

Richard Hollerman

Most of us have looked forward to this time of the year. Whether we are from the North, the South, the East, or the West in the United States, we have surely experienced unusual weather.  We definitely are longing for a change. Other nations have likewise endured an unusual and difficult wintertime.

Whether we are speaking of multiple days of subzero temperatures in the northern states or many days of subfreezing days in the south, it has been a hard winter. This has included snowfalls of several feet in certain states or several inches in states that seldom see such snowfall.  Schools have closed and thousands of accidents may be attributed to treacherous driving.

In our own area of Texas, reports are that this winter has been one of the coldest on record.  School has even been closed here as in other places. Normally mild Georgia was slammed with one winter event after another. By now, the majority have grown tired of the frigid winter days.

But now it is different.  Spring has arrived as the harbinger of warmer weather!  The daffodils and crocus have arrived here in North Texas and tulips are now blooming as well. The pear tree in the front was bedecked in dazzling white for a few days and then the temperature plummeted to 17 degrees! By the next day, the pear blossoms were gone. Thankfully, some blossoms did arrive after that but not as they normally do.

Each day we see the signs of springtime.  The spring flowers are in abundance and the birds sense the invigorating life around them.  The cardinals and mocking birds sing their spring songs, probably announcing some mating routine. I suppose that soon we will see nest-building and egg-laying, with the following new brood of tiny birds.

After the worldwide flood, Yahweh God promised the man:

While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

And cold and heat,

And summer and winter,

And day and night

Shall not cease.

(Genesis 8:22)

Although spring was not known in Palestine as it is well-known in America and Europe, we can see that in the present earth that Noah knew, there would be a yearly cycle. There would be a rainy season and a dry season. There would be a cold season and a hot season. Presumably this will continue until Christ returns.

After that, we also suggest that in the new earth (Revelation 21:1; 2 Peter 3:13; cf. Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13) extremes of seasons will be no more since most would consider this to be part of the imperfections of the present earth. At least, any part of weather that would mar the beauty and loveliness of heavenly existence will be forever banished. As God says, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Part of the “newness” of the new earth would be perfect, uninterrupted weather!

When springtime comes each year, what do you think?  Probably most people feel the freshness of the air and the exhilaration of nature reborn.  It is a time to be reminded of God’s creative work. Although nature has been harmed and altered by the fall that came because of Adam’s sin (cf. Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:19-25), we still see God’s power and glory manifested in His creative handiwork.

As Paul told the pagans at Lystra, “[God] did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). The apostle adds that God’s “invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20). We see God revealed through what He has made. And we see aspects of His nature displayed as we view the grandeur of springtime—but only if we have eyes to see!

Why not take some time this spring to get out into a natural setting. If you are in a city, go to a city park or botanic gardens. If you have the space and time, you may want to plant a flower garden or a vegetable garden (and enjoy good eating as well).  If you live on a farm in the country, you may already be well-aware of this time of the year as you cultivate the land and plant the seed.

In whatever way possible, enjoy this time of nature’s renewal. And beyond that, this is the season to be impressed with God our Creator’s magnificent and wondrous world of nature. Look through the natural beauty to the Creator Himself!

 

 


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