The first day of Spring has arrived. The winter is over, although there may still be cold days and frosty nights to come. The days are getting longer and the clocks will soon change. The spring flowers are out in abundance. Carpets of crocuses and banks of daffodils bring colour and beauty after the dark days of winter.
Some years ago a Romanian church leader, Richard Wurmbrand, was visiting the UK and was walking in the mountains of Wales. Richard had suffered at the hands of the communists in Romania and had spent years in prison, in solitary confinement, for his faithfulness to Jesus. He met another walker who greeted him, “Good morning, it’s a lovely day isn’t it!” Richard replied, “Yes it is, have you thanked God for it?” After years in prison, Richard loved to be able to walk in the countryside. The beauty of God’s creation that morning reminded him of God’s goodness to him.
The Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, found comfort in God as he lived through the dark days before his people went into Exile in Babylon. He wrote, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Those who know God and rejoice in all he has done love to sing praise to him. Eleanor Farjeon’s hymn simply expresses the joy of waking to each new day conscious of the goodness of God. “Morning has broken, like the first morning, blackbird has spoken, like the first bird; praise for the singing, praise for the morning, praise for them springing fresh from the word. Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven, like the first dewfall, on the first grass; praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, sprung in completeness where his feet pass. Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning, born of the one light, Eden saw play; praise with elation, praise every morning, God’s recreation of the new day.”
As we enjoy the lovely days of Spring, let’s give thanks to God for them. There are many places of great sadness and suffering in the world today, but there is One in whom we can all find hope for the future. Whatever happens, we can say with the Psalmist, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker or heaven and earth.” He is the One who makes everything beautiful in its time.