Globe willows fringed with lime-green crew cuts rise above our city’s neighborhoods. Daffodils and forsythia bushes splash bright lemon splotches across the valley. Meadowlarks trill their happy songs between sagebrush foothills.
The sun is shining, and the windows are open. Doves are cooing. My husband is mowing the lawn for the first time this season. I even heard a frog croak in the canal the other night. Spring has returned. Oh, happy day!
Spring might officially begin in March, but it often seems like a distant memory or a vague hope. Yet, life resides within tree sap and flower buds, in grass roots, hibernating animals and bug eggs. Fruit trees will blossom and crickets will chirp again.
The Bible talks often of seasons, which God set in place when he created the world. As Ecclesiastes tells us, there’s a time to plant and a time to uproot. In Leviticus, God promised the Israelites he would send them “rain in its season,” and the trees and ground would yield crops.
Our God is a faithful God. We can count on the sun to rise every morning and we can count on his fathomless mercy. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
James calls God the “Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” The Father’s promises regarding the Messiah in the Old Testament were fulfilled (John 19:36) and, therefore, we can celebrate the Resurrection. He will fulfill his promises to us, even when it feels like we’re stuck in an eternal winter of discouragement. “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b)
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14) “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)