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There is Life in Spring

By Javon Miller Published: May 3, 2016 12:00 AM

"Our God is great and mighty, His works we will proclaim;

The wonder of his counsel, The glory of his name!


Let all men fall before Him, Each creature on Earth's crust.

Kneel down and laud His greatness, Who's works are true and just!


Let heav'n and earth together, Prepare a song of praise,

To glorify our maker, For his majestic ways.


Praise Him with song of joy, Let us songs of praise employ.

Praise Him Lord of all! Praise Him Lord of all!"


Springtime is my favorite time of year. The world is waking from months of drab dormancy. There is a certain beauty in the clear cold harshness of winter, but it cannot compare to the beauty of spring. Who is not invigorated by the balminess of a clear sunny spring day? The Earth is giving off that fresh rich scent of renewal. The birds are all merrily trilling their songs of praise to their maker as they prepare for the new clutch of babies.

Is it not fitting that Easter is in springtime? We commemorate the resurrection of Jesus our Savior in a time when the Earth is resurrecting from death.

On Easter morning, just as dawn was breaking on the horizon, I was outside doing my morning chores. The humdrum of mankind's life was silent. All I could hear was the sounds of creation. The eastern sky was starting to brighten to a glorious hue as the sun arose. I could hear the valley echoing with crowing cocks. My masters of the flock could not resist adding their own lusty responses to the serenade of joy. I could hear the constant song of birds in the treetops as they welcomed the dawn.

I paused a few moments in wonderment at the marvelous ways of God. This, I thought, must be what it was like to live in the Garden of Eden. Pure undefiled life. Sin had not yet entered the world. Why did mankind have to fall and begin the deterioration of life? Since then, the times are few that we truly get a pure sense of nature as it was then. Occasionally we are granted a slight glimpse of it and then the door is shut by some earthly distraction.

My closing door was the thought of another crowing rooster. This cock's crow was also associated with Easter. Matthew 26: 74-75 "/And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly."

Imagine Peter's disappointment when Jesus' gaze connected with his. What a feeling of betrayal. The crowing cock reminded Peter of his human fallacy. He had been so sure of his steadfastness and now he had failed. Imagine how we would feel if that would have been us. My next question to myself is, how often do I deny my Lord in other, more discrete ways?

In springtime, it is pleasure to walk through the orchard and watch the fruit trees burst forth with life. As the weeks progress and the temperature rises, we can see that they can no longer be contained. At this point they burst forth with color and a heavenly natural perfume. The scent drifting from the trees is mesmerizing. The blossoms are a rare beauty. Their soft pastel colors show that we have a Creator who is interested in having his children find pleasure in this life.

I think it is so fitting that this is the time of year when Jesus Christ arose from the tomb. Just as the bud's shell cannot contain the blossoms on the trees. The human shell of death could not contain the Spirit of God. The rocky tomb guarded by soldiers could not keep the power of God within. At the appointed time, Jesus burst from the tomb with the fragrance of grace and redemption. This redemptive power reached down to you and me today. Are we using our time on Earth to the praise and honor of our Creator? Let's take a lesson from the natural world. A simple early morning walk in the quietness of the dawn will teach us how God desires it to be.

In the quiet breaking of dawn, we can envision a future happening. Acts 1: 9-11 "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you in to heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."

When I observe the beauty of a clear, new dawn, I can picture Christ's return. This past Easter Sunday morning was one like it. I could easily imagine the heavens breaking out with heavenly host and Christ being in the center, descending to earth to claim His children. What a joy it will be at that time!

We can also parallel the new growth of spring to our lives. What is more beautiful than a person that has a spirit of joy and peace? When a person gives up a life of selfishness that is filled with anger, bitterness, hate, violence, and self will and replaces it with love, joy, peace, caring and goes the second mile to help his fellow man, an aura of pleasantness surrounds them. I liken this to the dormant drabness and dirt of winter fading into the beauty of the green grass, the fragrant blossom, and the mother love of nature. Which is more pleasant to live with? Obviously, the latter.

Eccl. 3:11, "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time; also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."

Truly our God is great and mighty!

As you travel about our country this spring you will see many farmers out working in the fields. It is a pleasure to many of us to be able to work with the resources that God has blessed us with. We enjoy the opportunity to work with our hands.

We live in a unique community. Our climate is ideal for our way of life. Many areas in the world require irrigation for good farming to be done. Our area has been blessed to receive adequate rainfall without irrigation. With our picturesque topography, it is difficult for a farmer to go into huge commercial operations. This spawns the many small family farms that you will see. We consider it a blessing if we can work with our families on a personal daily basis. This is what builds strong family ties. A country is not stronger than its government, a government than its people, and the people than the families. This is why we feel blessed to have a culture that promotes strong family ties. This builds stronger churches and communities.

Our way of life is important to us. We are struggling with the encroachment of industry, commercialization, technology, and over settlement of our community. What the future has in store for us may be a challenge. One point to remember is that there is hope that flows to us through the advent of spring. As you can see, I enjoy lessons from creation. God will give each one of us the wisdom and the fortitude to search His ways and guidance. We have only to apply them to our life.

May God grant us safety as we enjoy the simple pleasures of the coming season.


Respectfully submitted,

Javon Miller

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