My favorite season of the year is Spring. It’s when barren trees begin to bud and dormant, brown grass begins to show brushes of green. What had the appearance of being dead is showing signs of life.
This reminds of Jesus, and how God works in His people. It reminds me of salvation. It reminds me of this verse, which existed hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth –
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 ESV
The new thing that Isaiah spoke of was the coming of the Messiah. In a way, this verse was meant to be a wake up call. “Don’t miss it! God is going to do something new!” God is going to make a way for all things to be reconciled to Himself.
Spring is an amazing reflection of this. Nature, in some ways, reflects the nature of the Creator. I’ve always been intrigued in the design of trees, bare and brown on the bottom and lush and green at the top. Branches reach out toward the sky as if their very design were to reflect worship.
The Hebrew word translated in Scripture as Spirit is also the word for wind and breath. Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3 that the Spirit is like the wind, no one knows where it comes from or where it is going. Jesus mentions in Matthew 6 about how God cares for His creation, and so we shouldn’t worry about what tomorrow brings. Winter passes, and Spring always comes.
We all experience this. Life has it’s own seasons, both good and bad. When I am having a good or even just a fair-weather season, there is a part of me that lives in the place of thinking that it won’t last. It’s a place of fear. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Though I love Spring, I know that it doesn’t last long, and Winter comes again. This is a place void of trust and robbed of joy. The answer, ultimately is this –
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 NIV
What does it mean to “seek the kingdom and his righteousness?” I so easily get caught in the idea that seeking the kingdom is about doing stuff. After all, seeking is an action. However, a crucial part of seeking the kingdom is seeking God. It is coming before Him, resting in His presence, and realizing that ultimately He is the loving Daddy that is in control. He cares for the birds and the flowers, how much more will He care for us? I need to live here more often.
Are you experiencing the Winter or the Spring? How can you live in peace with the passing of the seasons?