“For lo, 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 turtledoveis heard in our land.”Song of Solomon 2:11-12
After lamenting my poor gardening skills in my previous blog, I turned my eyes today to the skilled handiwork of God in bringing new life to the barren woods in our area…the return of His wildflowers.
As with the old 60s song “Wild Thing,” these beautiful treasures popping up among dessicated leaves “make my heart sing”! They’re among the first signs of spring among on the forest floors. While I don’t know many of their names, I love their soft colors and dainty blooms—they shyly greet the new season, their fragile limbs hiding their God-given strength to burst through the bonds of winter’s crusty soil.
What a classic picture of the new life we can have in Jesus Christ! His mercies, like these wild living things, are new every morning. Our old sin nature is put to death, and we are freshly clothed in His robes of righteousness. It is all His handiwork, not ours. And it is beautiful.
While we still have to fight at times to shove aside the encroaching dirt of sin, we are no longer under its power…God gives us the life and strength to stand up from the deadness around us and lift our hands and eyes to Him. May He be praised today for giving us a wildly-wonderful new life with Him!
Thank You, God, for making all things beautiful, especially the wildflowers we see around us now. We praise You for reminding us that You give us new life every day as we put our faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ! In His name we pray, Amen.
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