by Douglas M. Williams Sr.
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).
“For the open pastures are springing up, and the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their strength” (Joel 2:22).
God asked Job who causes “to spring forth the growth of tender grass?” (Job 38:27).
The above verses certainly remind us of the changing seasons, and the blessings God provides during each season of the year.
Spring is the season between winter and summer and is a favorite time of the year for many people. We have more daylight hours, and the temperature is warmer and more pleasant than it has been during some of the colder, dreary, days of winter.
It is as if nature awakens in the spring, bringing newness of life as plants begin to put on new growth. Flowers bloom; trees bud with new growth and leaves; the grass becomes green and begins to grow. Hibernating animals leave their winter sleeping homes; birds are singing, and in various ways, spring is celebrated.
Fruitful trees and gardens that we plant in springtime describe prosperity in the Bible (Numbers 24:6; Isaiah 51:3; 61:11). But the destruction of gardens typifies desolation (Amos 4:9).
Jesus referred to springtime as He talked about planting, sowing, and harvesting in His teachings and especially His parables (Mathew 13; 9:37-38; John 4:35).
We are reminded of the rains in the spring when the Bible speaks of the early and latter rain (Deuteronomy 11:14; Hosea 6:3; Zechariah 10:1; James 5:7).
I hope you are enjoying the blessings of springtime as God bestows His blessings in the beauty of nature.