Yesterday I noticed that my yard had blossomed, seemingly overnight. (Lest you think I am merely unobservant, a thoughtful church member noticed the same thing in her yard this morning.) What had been bare shrubs and branches had burst into bloom. Winter seems at least to be yielding to spring in a visible way.
The natural world speaks God’s word to us if we have eyes to see! How many times do I look at a situation and bemoan the fact that no solution is possible. Or that God must not care. Or that what I thought to be true is not. Then a solution springs into view… God speaks seemingly out of nowhere… Profound truth comes into sharp focus anew.
As we celebrate the ongoing power and reality of Jesus’ resurrection, take a look around. What seemed dead will come to life. The barren will be fruitful. Christ is risen and will raise us anew! Take hope as you wait. Spring does not come all at once or everywhere in the same way. But the buds are ready to burst into view and the blossoms will come forth in time.
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God. (Isaiah 35:1-2 NIV)