Spring contains the obvious clues of a treasure hunt that is no game for those who have grieved or who are in the grip of bereavement - or even communities and nations who have faced loss.
In climates that include changes of seasons, the dearth and death of winter mixed with the hardness of the ground, the brownish and the plain, the bare tree limbs that accentuate the absence of the birds’ songs are all part of the disguise of hope.
But then it happens. Crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils and peonies begin to conspire with the easing of the thermometer and the return of a host of early morning birds’ songs and before you know it, you forgot all about snowstorms and ski slopes.
Why would God create such contrasts between the deadness of winter and the explosion of spring?
It’s the treasure hunt of hope and of His heart and it’s no game.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: God drops more than hints for those paying attention to daily portals.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” …Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants…he will come to us…like the spring rains that water the earth.”…The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy…Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Romans 6:4 NIV, Deuteronomy 32:2 NASB, Hosea 6:3 NASB, Isaiah 35:1,2 NIV, John 11:25,26 NASB