“That in the winter, seeing a tree stripped of its leaves, and considering that within a little time, the leaves would be renewed, and after that the flowers and fruit appear, he received a high view of the Providence and Power of GOD, which has never since been effaced from his soul. That this view had perfectly set him loose from the world, and kindled in him such a love for GOD.”
Brother Lawrence 1666, Practicing the Presence of God.
Spring in Georgia usually brings about rough weather, rain, and lots of pollen. Maybe it gets you “spring cleaning”… I’ve always wondered why don’t we have “winter” cleaning, but maybe it’s the sense of new and fresh that makes us want to spring clean. But the best part of spring is it gives a glimpse of creator God, and we should take a moment to be in awe of it. How can a seed, a root, a bulb go thru a season where it “dies”, it’s in the ground, would seem dead but yet really at the core is alive? Because spring is the perfect picture of a God whose pretty awe-inspiring, He is Creator God, and we should celebrate Him, when we view His creation. Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen”. In creation, new life, that new flower, that new leaf on a tree that seems dead, is proof of God. Max Lucado says “if a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God.”
Spring time also brings about the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, Easter… new, something dead that comes to life. Only God has the power to raise a man from the dead, defeat death, bring back life. Revelation 21:5, “I am making all things new” is His promise. More to celebrate.
So, when you see all the new leaves on the winter trees, the new flowers out of the dead ground, the beautiful new blooms on the bare trees, maybe stop and consider giving God a bit of a “Yay God Moment”, clap for Him, celebrate His beautiful creation, be inspired by it and in awe of Him. Then yes, pass around the tissue box for all of us with spring allergies. Gotta take the good with the bad. Achoo, and God bless you!