The most anticipated time of the year has finally arrived: the season of miracles. And while words seem inadequate to describe the wonder of this sweet season, Solomon's poetic picture of it may come the closest to expressing how most of us feel:
"Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For 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 turtledove is heard in the land" (Song of Solomon 2:10-12).
Composer, John W. Peterson, expressed it well in the first verse of his great song: "I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES," which I suspect was 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 Michigan grain and dairy farm, my early thoughts of spring were mostly utilitarian: green pastures appeared for the livestock, fish were running in the creek and time was taken up with plowing and planting.
Then I met and 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 great 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 in order to lead His hearers to faith and enable them to overcome worries about everyday problems. I've found His teachings about Spring things are such faith builders that I often quote them to start my day.
Why should we allow financial fears to rob us of the joys 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 once worried about what they would wear have found comfort in their Lord's comparison of our need for clothing to the beauty of flowers that are dressed each spring with garments far more beautiful than those found 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 hard the winds of trouble blow, our Lord's "Peace! Be still!" can quiet them for us and replace their destructive forces with a peaceful calm.
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, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years.
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