The daffodils and tulips that grow in the cold and darkness of winter bud and blossom in the Spring. We welcome their color with joy and anticipation of warmer days and the flowers to come–roses, camellias, azaleas, crepe myrtles, hydrangeas and gardenias, to mention a few. It’s like the earth is casting away the old and putting on the new.
Our lives as Christians have a touch of Spring when we put away the old sinful nature that grew in our own darkness–things like anger, fear, anxiety, malice, destruction, greed–and we put on the new, forgiven life, a fulfilled life, knowing our God is always with us, always blessing us. A God who never sleeps or slumbers.
THINK ABOUT IT
Like the flowers, we bear fruit that attracts others to us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit of the Spirit makes us love others and do good, even to those who don’t like us. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38). How will the world know about God’s love unless we love them? How will you use your gifts and callings to reach a world that desperately needs Jesus?
PRAY ABOUT IT
Thank you, Lord, for the loveliness of Spring. Let it be born in us so others might experience your amazing love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.