What is it about spring that lifts the human spirit?
Growing up in southern California, I didn’t really understand the joy of spring until I moved to the Midwest. Here in Michigan, springtime isn’t just a few months of pleasant weather before the sweltering heat of summer… it’s a celebration after the long reign of winter. I didn’t truly appreciate the vibrancy of spring until I’d lived through a bleak, snowy Midwest winter.
In this devotional, Wonder of Creation finds a Biblical lesson in the new life of spring:
This time of the year Iâ€™m reminded of the psalms that speak of natureâ€™s bounty. And itâ€™s hard to find a more exuberant expression of praise for Godâ€™s abundance than the one penned by the Hebrew psalmist David:
“You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly, you settle its furrows; you make it soft with showers, you bless its growth. You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing” (Psalm 65:9-13 NKJV).
….The amazing fruitfulness of the earth that provides both for us and for the creatures of the wilderness is a gift from a righteous, gracious, merciful, and loving Creator. As its stewards then, mankind has a divine mandate to preserve its capacity to be fruitfulâ€”which involves our being able to determine when human activity begins to go beyond our taking of the fruit of the land and we start destroying its fruitfulness.
What does spring look like where you live? Can you relate to this sense of spiritual joy—and responsibility—that comes with the abundant life of spring?