I love the spring season - especially once the snow is gone and we get past the mucky, muddy part of spring. It brings such joy to see the grass turning green and the leaves coming out on the trees. It is wonderful to see plants which look so dead spring forth with new life. I guess there is a spiritual lesson in there - God can take a person who is spiritually dead and breathe new life into that person.
Spring also speaks to me about the faithfulness of God. There are times during a long, hard winter when it seems as though it will never end. It certainly seemed that way this year. Yet God's promises never fail, and he has assured us that the seasons will continue. Spring will always come, even when it does not feel like it. He promised in Genesis 8:22 - "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (ESV) God is faithful and He has the world and the seasons in His hand.
There is also something satisfying about the work that comes with springtime. The grass turning green means we have to start cutting it again. The weeds start growing in the garden and the seeds have to be planted for a harvest in the fall. But even that is an assurance of God's faithfulness and his provision.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.