My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land." Song of Solomon 2: 10-12 (NRSV)
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43: 18-19 (NRSV)
Jerrie Green is from West Virginia. One spring day many years ago, she went to church to have a talk with Jesus. Getting out of her car, she passed a flower bed overcome with weeds. This sight made her angry. She did a lot of work for her church, and Jerrie couldn't believe that others would ignore the weeds and just assume that she would take care of them.
Jerrie went into the building and got sidetracked. As she came out, she passed the weeds and got angry again. This reminded her of the whole purpose of her visit. She had forgotten to talk with Jesus! Going back in, Jerrie spent time with her Lord at the altar. Coming back out, she no longer noticed the weeds but the beautiful purple violets.
This made her think about how many times she overlook God's handiwork. It happens so easily. Spending time with God despite her anger and troubles reminded her of how Jesus is like the spring. Just as we see flowers and trees and other vegetation flourishing in the sunlight, our relationship with Jesus can help us to bloom. When we are fed by him, the world looks more beautiful.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, open up our eyes and hearts to the newness we can experience as we walk with you. We pray in Your precious name. Amen.