Remember to enjoy the season of miracles

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006

The season of miracles has finally arrived. Spring is no longer just around the corner.

While words seem inadequate to describe the wonder of this favorite time of the year, Solomon’s poetic picture of the occasion may come closest to expressing how we feel.

“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in the land,” Song of Solomon 2:10-12.

Doubts wilt under the barrage of beauty that bursts forth every spring. Fears flee in face of the proof that God is alive and faith soars at the sights and sounds of new life.

The first verse of John W. Peterson’s great song, “I Believe In Miracles,” must have been inspired by his delight in the designer’s spring extravaganza:

“Creation shows the power of God, there’s glory all around.

“And those who see must stand in awe for miracles abound.”

Having grown up on a grain and dairy farm, my early thoughts of spring, though pleasant, were mostly utilitarian: green pastures appeared for the livestock, fish were running in the creek and time was taken up with lots of plowing and planting.

Then, at 19, I married a pretty Dutch girl who brought her heritage of tulips, flowering trees, roses and other spring beauties into my life, adding a wider dimension to my faith and birthing a new appreciation of God’s loving design and care for us all.

She’s still my beauty maker and in cooperation with her Lord keeps amazing me with her ability to showcase his magnificent plan.

Jesus spoke often of birds and flowers to lead his hearers to faith and enable them to overcome worries about everyday problems.

I’ve found his teachings about these spring things such encouragers that I quote them every morning.

Why should we allow financial fears to rob us of the joy of living? The one who sees a sparrow fall and provides for fowl to feed on his bounty loves us and will somehow make a way for you and me.

Those who were worrying about having enough to wear found comfort in the Lord’s comparison of our need for clothing to that of flowers that are dressed each spring with garments far more beautiful than those available in any store.

“‘Consider the lilies of the field,’ he said. ‘They toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these,’” Matthew 6:28-29.

To quote John W. Peterson again:

“I’ve seen the lily push its way up through the stubborn sod;

“I believe in miracles for I believe in God.”

The miracles of spring give grounds for great faith in praying. No matter how strong the winds of trouble seem, our Lord’s, “Peace! Be still!” can quiet them for us and replace their destructive forces with a peaceful calm.

Enjoy the season of miracles.

Spring things remind us that God is good.

And nothing we face today will be beyond his power to control.

Roger Campbell is an author, radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist from Waterford, Mich. He was a pastor for 22 years and has been a guest speaker in Alaska churches from Anchorage to Homer.



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