BIBLE READING: Song of Solomon 2:11-13
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic beauty in the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that spring comes after the winter” (Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder, p. 88).
Spring boldly celebrates life. Regardless of how many times we have seen that first green shoot or that first spring flower many of us still respond with sheer delight. Spring enlivens our understanding of hope. We need signs that remind us of resurrection and hope. As we associate the visible beginnings of new life with spring, so we can describe a new believer in Christ as being in “spiritual spring.” We respond with joy and are revived with new energy to see that God, the Master Gardener, is still at work. Reflect on your spiritual springtime experience, either recently or many years ago. Who in your life cared for your spiritual needs? Did your church have people and programs that helped you grow and mature? How did the Scriptures, prayer, and the spiritual disciplines play a part in your early Christian development?
Remember that new believers must be tended faithfully and carefully as we would tend newly sprouted plants in the garden. The gardener cares for the environmental needs so that the plant can achieve its own natural development. The gardener facilitates; that is, he or she helps to assure the conditions that the plant needs.
SONG: Fairest Lord Jesus
PRAYER SUGGESTION: Lord, thank you for this chance to think about when by your grace I became a new creation. Thank you that you helped me grow and become strong and useful. Thank you that over the years I could bring pleasure and help to others around me.
Gary Fawver is a lover of God’s creation and retired from George Fox University as a Professor of Outdoor Ministries.