Thank You, God, for Spring!
After a rainy, wet, and even cold day yesterday, I stepped out on the porch this morning to see the sun’s golden rays breaking through the scattering dark clouds. Almost immediately, the phrase from an old anonymous hymn sprang to my mind.
“When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!”
It seemed that everything – the dazzling sky and the dripping leaves and wet grass; the melodious chirping of robins, bluebirds, and sparrows; even the raucous cries of the crows and the funny antics of the scampering squirrels – seemed to cry out in praise to God. And I, too, couldn’t help but say: “Thank You, God, for Spring!”
Oh, how I need Spring!
I need to see the daffodils and yellow violets, the azaleas and rhododendrons.
I need to hear the wavering chirp of the bluebirds; the sweet whistle of the stunning red cardinals; the cheery song of the robins; and the soft, cooing laments of the dove.
I need to hear the calls and laughter of children playing outside in the early evening.
I need to feel the warm sun and soft, warm breezes on my skin.
I need to smell the pungent scent of wild onions and the sweet, fragrant blossoms of the early honeysuckle.
I need to see baby chicks and baby ducks and watch young squirrels at play.
I need Spring!
King Solomon voiced his appreciation of Spring as well. “For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12). I think we all need Spring and if not for the joys of the season itself, we need Spring for the heart.
Spring reminds us of newness and life and points us to our Creator God who spoke everything into existence and set it all in motion. Yet, as we can look around us and see, God’s perfect creation was corrupted by sin. God, the Creator, however, also became God our Savior. Through His sacrifice, He made it possible for us to be forgiven and even in this broken, sinful world, to know newness of life – through and in Him. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God works in us to strengthen us and to make us new, to transform us to better bear and reflect His image.
The newness and revival of Spring reminds us that God is in the business of making everything new. Just as He works to make us new, His Word assures us that one day this world will be made new, too. God spoke through Isaiah, His prophet, saying: “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth….the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying” (Isaiah 65:17a, 19b). Just as Spring brings fresh joy, wonder, and anticipation to our suffering world today, it also reminds us of God’s precious promise to one day make all things new. On that day, there will be no more sickness, pain, suffering, separation or death. There will be no more weeping or crying. It will be life as God intended.
Do you ever wonder what that day will really be like? “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’” (1 Corinthians 2:9). While we cannot really fathom all that day has in store for us, I look forward to it with all my heart. For me, personally, I like to think of that day as eternal Spring – where indescribable joy, wonder, and life reign – and where I can forever praise God and say: “Thank You, God, for Spring!”
“In heav’n’s eternal bliss
The loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let earth, and sea, and sky
From depth to height reply,
May Jesus Christ be praised!”
(Hymn: When Morning Gilds the Sky)