“My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, 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 turtle is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.”
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Winter is past. The flowers are beginning to bud. God in His Providence moves us through the seasons of life. While some of the seasons of life bring hardship through loss and pain, we can indeed give thanks to our God for bringing us through the seasons.
I do have to admit I don’t like winter as much as I used to. The idea of gently falling snowflakes gets lost in the coldness and darkness of winter for me. I could live with or without the snowflakes. Or at least I tend to prefer the heat to the cold. And yet I do thank the Lord for seeing us through the winter months of the year despite of the mild winter that we had.
In Song of Solomon, Solomon writes, “the time of singing has come.” As we enjoy the “longer days” after our time change and the warmer weather and anticipate the flowers that are on the way, let us give praise to our God for His sustaining power over us and over all the earth. God is faithful. Let us not forget that. And spring is as good an excuse as ever to sing. The time of singing has come. Not only does the earth endure by God’s faithfulness and His grace but His Word endures forever, and that truth gives us much to sing praises to our God about.
“for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:24-25