for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance. (Song of Songs 2:11-13b, New Revised Standard Version)
I love springtime. Some of you have heard that before. It is my favorite season of the year. I love the way everything comes back to life. The leafless trees look dead though the are only dormant. The leaves come back. Fruit bearing trees put on blossoms before the fruit starts to come forth. Even the evergreen trees, always having green showing, put on new growth in the spring of the year.
Then there are the flowers that are blooming. One of the great things about living in Texas during the spring is wild flowers in general, but specifically bluebonnets. Yes, bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. I have always liked the flower but when I met Helen in the early years of my ministry my appreciation grew significantly. Helen was a painter. She worked in oils. She also put bluebonnets in every picture she painted. There were other wildflowers, Indian paintbrushes, red clover, and many more, but it was always the bluebonnets I enjoyed in her paintings. I am fortunate to have two of her paintings, I love them both. When I look at those paintings I see springtime.
Yesterday when Cindy and I were coming home from my mother’s, we made a few stops. One of those was in the middle of nowhere. We were between San Marcos and Bastrop. We found a place with good cell signal so I could do Devo Live. While I was sharing my devotional, Cindy got out and took pictures of the bluebonnets. I had to keep my mind on the lesson for yesterday while I was really thinking about the rebirth of the world with springtime.
Our lesson from Song of Songs (a.k.a. Song of Solomon) speaks to the thing I love about spring. The flowers bloom. The trees have new growth and new leaves. The birds make their way home as the weather warms. There is a song in the air, the song of birds and the cooing of doves. The blooms of plants start giving off their fragrance makes me think of honeysuckle. What God is doing is blessed and beautiful.
The world seems to move from the dead of winter to the rebirth of spring. God does that for us too. Before our relationship with God, before we were walking the road of faith with Jesus Christ, our souls were dead in sin. Like the beauty and rebirth of spring, because we came to know and accept Jesus, we too have rebirth in our lives as well.
Seeing that rebirth of the world, seeing the way God brings back life gives us hope for our own rebirth. Seeing the world evolve with each season brings me hope but that is especially true of spring.
Spring messes with my sinuses, but there is still that sign of hope that comes each spring. It is a sign that God walks with us and where God is, there is always hope.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Seeking the genuine,
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