By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain
Did you notice something during the height of the pandemic lockdown? When much of the man-made world was forced to hit the pause button, everything in the natural world began to clear up and turn green! Smog decreased, air quality increased, birds sang louder, trees laughed again, and the earth seemingly rejoiced. People stopped but nature did not. Spring still arrived.
Some may say, “What’s the big deal? That’s only nature,” but it means something greater. In our time of recluse, God, in His faithfulness, brought spring. And here we are on the precipice of another spring.
When Noah left the ark in Genesis 8 and 9, God made several promises. He said in 8:22, “While
the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (NASB) God promised that the seasons will continue and that the season of life will always return after winter. The coming of spring is a picture of God’s complete faithfulness.
God’s faithfulness transcends beyond nature. During the winters of life, His faithfulness remains with us through every trial. God carries us through every one of our hard times. It does not matter the size or depth of our situation; God remains with us. His faithfulness does not allow Him to abandon us.
God does not want us to feel alone or afraid. In Deuteronomy 31:6(c) He says, “…He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NASB) Just like year after year He brings spring, day-in-and-day-out, He stays faithfully with us. Nature keeps going because God upholds it and is faithful to His creation. If He is faithful to His creation, He is even more faithful to us.
No doubt we live in a strange and uncertain time. We do not know what lies ahead, but as you make your way through this strange and uncertain time, look out your window or go for a walk. When you see that everything is turning green, know that God is faithful.
Adapted from inspiration.org