“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come. The cooing of doves is heard in our land” (Solomon 2:11, 12).
When icy winter winds turn into balmy breezes, winter snow changes to spring showers, and barren ground becomes ablaze with grass and flowers, we know that spring has come.
An English proverb says, “Spring has come when you can place your foot on nine daises at once.”
Springtime brings excitement and new vision ... a time when we can decide to truly be a good example to those about us.
Phillips Brooks suggested:
Be such a man, and live such a life,
That if every man were such as you,
And every life a life like yours,
This Earth would be God’s Paradise.
Spring brings a rebirth in nature. Seed lying dormant all winter long, burst forth in new life. Trees barren of leaves for months begin to bud.
Hibernating animals awake from a winter’s sleep and come forth to forage for food. God stirs all nature at springtime, and both plant and animal life begin activity.
It is significant that Easter comes near the beginning of spring. Just as nature awakes from a gray winter’s sleep, Christ came forth from a cold, dismal grave.
Whereas a few hours earlier He was completely lifeless, after His resurrection He was vibrantly alive, His body pulsating with life.
God wants us to live a full life and have abundant living. He says: “I have set before you today life and good ... in that I command you today to love the Lord your God ... that you may live and multiply ...” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 16).
It is time now for us to do good to, and for, those about us, because we don’t have forever to act. As the poet said:
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To say just where the hand will stop,
At late or early hour.
When a person turns from his sins and admits Christ into his life, springtime bursts forth in his soul. It is not uncommon for a new convert to exclaim that the birds seem to sing a fuller song, and all of nature appears warmer and more colorful after his soul-cleansing.
And why not? Because Christ makes all things new. We then see life with a clean mind which thinks clean thoughts. While an unconverted person may allow Satan to poison the mind with unholy motives and is unable to view life clearly!
After conversion, however, one may discover that although the world has ills, the greatest pre-conversion problem was himself. One may not be able to change the world, but he can, through Christ, change himself. Then springtime breaks forth with sunshine in his soul.
Moreover, that springtime will last throughout eternity as he follows Christ. A gospel song says:
It is springtime in glory,
Always springtime in glory,
And flowers are blooming
Rich and rare.
The angels are singing,
And joybells are ringing;
O, it’s springtime forever there.
The songwriter is making a blessed point. There will be eternal, fresh life in heaven. Aging will be unknown and death will never come.
God will wipe all tears away, so there will be no sorrow. Heaven will be a place of joyfulness, robust life and fellowship.
So cheer up, friend. Springtime is here in nature; you have springtime in your heart, and your destiny is a paradise of constant spring.