The evenings are getting lighter. The birds are getting noisier. The daffodils are turning their faces to the sun each day. It can mean only one thing - Spring has Sprung! Creation in all its glory is showing the creativity of birds nesting and weeds finding new places to grow.
Spring just cannot be stifled. It keeps coming back each year, bringing a fresh hope. Spring always follows winter. We can’t hold back the dawn. Morning always follows the night. There’s a time and season for all things. Nothing lasts forever on this earth. Lockdown will not last forever.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 in the Bible sums it up perfectly and reminds us that such seasons have ever been thus:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Even if you don’t know the words from the Bible, you may have heard them in the 1965 grammy-award winning Byrds hit, “Turn, Turn, Turn”. We could possibly write some additional lines that are very relevant to our current context,
but the pattern of life lets us know that there is hope for tomorrow.