DayBreaks for 4/04/14 – The Season of Belief
Song of Songs 2:11-12 (MSG) – Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! 12 Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios.
The United States has experienced one of its worst winters ever. Record low temperatures and snowfalls were record by the bushel full. I don’t know about where you live, but we’ve been in the Atlanta, Georgia area now since mid-December, and I can tell you that folks around here are really starting to believe that spring has sprung! The trees are in bloom, the dogwoods and azaleas are displaying the glory of His handiwork. As I sit here writing this devotion, I can hear the birds singing all over the woods around us and can feel a gentle spring breeze that pushes the warm air through the windows. People are cheerful and excited at the turning of the weather, and for good reason: springtime is the season of un-contained optimism!
As the days grow longer and warmer, and the sun grows stronger with each passing day, it feels like the time has come to do something outrageous. Many are digging into the earth, carefully plowing and pulverizing hard clods into fine loam. Just last weekend I helped my son remove the weeds and grasses from a flowerbed in front of his house. Others are adding extra nutrients to enrich the prepared soil. Then into that lush, fertile mixture we deposit . . . dried up, shriveled, little (sometimes downright tiny), seemingly completely dead bits of matter. We call them “seeds.”
Nothing looks less “lively” than a seed. The tiniest ones–lettuces, carrots, radishes–are so minuscule that planting them is like putting into the soil grains of coarse black pepper. Corn and beans “look” like corn kernels and soup beans. Well, they look like corn kernels and beans that have been lost on the floor of your pantry for six months or so, rejected even by the mice. They definitely don’t look like “good eats.” Yet we still joyfully plunge these desiccated bits of matter into the soil we have sweated over, completely confident that something will come out of our efforts.
Springtime is the season of belief. Every spring we believe in the power of the life that lives within those apparently dead seed husks. We believe that just a few handfuls of seeds can produce a glorious new crop to nourish our lives and feed our families.
Is not this annual ritual a blessing from our God? Is it not a reminder of His renewal and gift of life? Sure, spring is beautiful, but I think He had more than that in mind when He created this season. I think He meant for it to be a picture of hope, a snapshot of new possibilities for living things in His creation.
You are part of that creation. You have possibilities – and with this season – I hope that you also feel new hope for the future. For His children, the future always holds something greater than our past or present. He wants to create another pocket of new life in you. Let this be a season of belief in His goodness for you …and toward you!
PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for new hope, for new seasons of life that give us reason to rejoice and believe that the best is ahead of us! We invite You to create more new life in us and we eagerly await to see what it is that You are growing within the soil of our hearts! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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