Scripture: “See! The winter is past; the rains
are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has
come; the cooing of doves is heard in our land.” Song of Songs,
*April showers will bring May flowers.*
We’ve had ‘em; We’ve got ‘em!!
What a beautiful time of year! A trinity of forces
have combined to make the woods, lawn, and gardens bloom forth. Sure, it
takes April showers to wash away the drabness of winter and soak the soil
with the sustainer of life: water. As the length of the day increases, and
the soil warms, the plants are triggered to once again thrust forth their
leaves and buds. The force that leads all others is of course the position
of the earth in relation to the sun. What a remarkable mechanism! The earth
is actually the closest to the sun in the winter time, but in the northern
hemisphere, the angle at which its rays hit the earth put us into the deep
freeze. Our cousins south of the equator get their moment in the sunshine.
The south polar region becomes the land of the midnight sun. The north pole
barely sees the sun at all. Gradually, day by day, the earth moves in its
orbit until that magic day arrives - the length of day and night are equal.
The sun once again “crosses” the equator, and spring begins.
Nothing happens instantly, of course. It takes time.
Only a minute or so every day, but the period of daylight lengthens for us
northerners, and shortens for those south of the equator. Gradually, the temperature
of our soil rises. So do our spirits. We cast off the winter blahs, and rejoice
in the sunshine.
So it is the relationship to the sun that drives all
the other forces. What a different world we would live in if that remarkable
relationship did not exist. The life cycle of plants and animals would have
to be different, because all life is dependent upon the forces engendered
by that day to day relationship to the life-giver.
So, too, is our relationship to the One who gives life
to even the mighty sun. God, in His Trinity - The Father, The Son, and the
Are we close to the Son? Do we “orbit” Him? Are we
in tune to His life-giving forces?
Can we feel His power influencing our lives? I hope so!
Think about what a remarkable thing ‘life’ is. We can
see the effects of life. We can tell if something is living or dead, but
we can’t create life where life does not exist. We can nurture it, we can
nourish it, we can destroy it, but only God creates life.
We need to also nurture and nourish the spirit, which
God gave us. To do that, we need to be close to the Son. Is it springtime
in your spiritual life? I hope so!
April 30, 2001
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