Spring is a time of rebirth. The snow is slowly melting and the temperature rises. The sun is a bit warmer and the daffodils are pushing their way through the earth. We can shed our winter coats and boots in favor of less cumbersome jackets and our favorite flats or sneakers. We are shaking off the cold and embracing the warmth of the coming season. The earth becomes green again and the trees begin to grow leaves and buds. New life is all around us!
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
-Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
This new life is brought forth by the rain and sun in perfect harmony, much like our lives are full of joys and trials, but never more than we can bear. James 1:2-4 (NIV) says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” A soft rain nourishes the plants and lets their stalks grow strong. Not all rains are soft and gentle; sometimes the rains are hard. A hard rain may seem to dash the young buds in the garden, but when the rain subsides and the sun reappears, the flowers will bloom brighter than ever. Much like these flowers, God never gives more than we can bear. He rewards the testing of our faith with perseverance, when in full effect leaves us complete and lacking in nothing. What a wonderful springtime for us!
What a marvelous sign that Easter falls in the Springtime. Jesus broke the cold bonds of death to be resurrected and offer a spring of eternal life to all. He was tested, but triumphed over even the finality of death so that we could live in Him. With Jesus we are relieved of a cold spiritual winter, and can always rejoice in a warm and green spring, no matter the weather around us. Like the beautiful blossoms in the spring garden, the joy of Christ blooms in our hearts.
This Easter we are reminded of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)
Each year as we see the rebirth and growth of flowers and trees around us, God is calling us to be reborn and grow, too. He wants us to continue to grow in the real life Jesus died to give us. We need to shed the old life without Christ and experience a new life with Him.
Enjoy your journey.