God’s beauty is all around us.
It’s finally starting to feel like spring time in central Illinois. The weather is warming up, the birds are chirping, and the blooms are blooming. Though there is a purpose for each season, there is a particularly strong resemblance between spring time and the good work God does for us.
Celebrating Easter yesterday made this parallel even more apparent. The celebration of God’s resurrection and the new life he brings us strongly resembles the new life that appears during spring time. All it has taken for me to draw nearer to God recently was to spend some time outdoors.
Every time I step outside I see evidence that God is alive and working in our lives.
The scentful sprigs of lavender filling the air with their wonderful aroma, the blooms on a mature cherry blossom tree, the bright green the blades of grass take on this time of year. All evidence of God’s wondrous works in this world. These living things do not grow on their own will, but come back to life in the spring through the natural workings of our Lord in nature.
A run in the park, or a run to the store for that matter, can become opportunities to connect with God when we learn to appreciate all of these things. It is easy to go through our days not noticing the beauty around us. With the distractions of our daily to-do’s, our minds are often too pre-occupied to notice that God’s presence is all around us. Taking time to open our eyes to the simple beauty all around us will make us more grateful to God for all the beauty He fills our lives with. How can we believe God doesn’t exist with all of this beautiful physical evidence?
Spring time, just as Jesus’s resurrection, brings about new life.
Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead takes away our sins, giving us new life. The whole purpose for the celebration of Easter. Isn’t this what spring time represents as well? After a long, cold, dreary winter a new life in nature arises. The winter is necessary for the beauty of spring-time to occur. Just like the darkness of Jesus being sacrificed on the cross was necessary to bring us new life.
The perennials we planted last year are resurrected even bigger and bolder this year, and through Christ’s resurrection we can live bigger and bolder lives. There is something about Easter Sunday every year, a feeling we get, that makes our hearts happier and lighter than they were just the day before. Like a curtain has been lifted, revealing a sense of renewal. The physical beauty of spring is a tangible reminder of this renewal.
Sometimes we’ve got to get our hands dirty to fully appreciate God’s works.
The sites of beauty in nature are a great reminder themselves that God is alive, but to further appreciate Him let’s get our hands dirty. Dig your hands in the dirt to plant the flowers that will continue to bloom bigger and bolder. Hop on the mower to help maintain that beautiful green lawn so it may continue to grow lush. Bust out that shovel to rip up those old bushes so new ones may thrive and spread. There’s something about working with your hands that is therapeutic. That makes you appreciate all of the fruits of your labor even more so than if you had hired help to do the dirty work for you.
Get down on your knees to do the dirty work, get down on your knees to ask God to plant good things in your heart.
It’s easy to absent-mindedly float through our day without noticing all of God’s little blessings all around us. As you go out today, take time to notice these things. Appreciate the blooming flowers, budding trees, and lush lawns. Put your hands to work in your yard. Appreciate the results of your handy-work, and of God’s handy-work. Let your heart be filled with gratitude of these things, and of gratitude for the Lord’s resurrection this season.