There shall be showers of blessings, the old hymn begins, and a prayer that they might fall and there be a season of refreshing and revival as we call on Him. April will bring just that, in answer to prayer sung by those blossoming in Christ, a spring breath and kiss of sunshine to flowers gardens everywhere. Sleepy little flower heads will open and leafy arms reach for the sky, in praise. Baby blooms of purple thrift blanket the ground that is no longer hard and cold, at least in the south.
Roses bloom and their fragrance swirls into the air. Tulips pop in many colors and make a parade over lawns. Wildflowers sway in the wind. It is if there is worship in the wind. In the afternoon, there are scented breezes and the occasional late afternoon thunderstorm. I love that smell, to stand outside in a gentle wind as the streets are washed clean and the house and hopefully the souls living there. The air is pure and clean, and the pollen leaves yellow streams trickling by the curb.
The spring rains drizzle, watering both flowers and lawns. Like a sprinkler, set to an appointed time, the Lord has ordered the seasons and the soothing of a gentle shower of blessing. It happens many afternoons as the sun warms up the south, and as the Son warms up hearts.
As promised we are studying the beauty of His Word, what does the Bible say about flowers? We know Jesus is called the Rose of Sharon and Lily of the Valley. SOS 2:1 What else? We are to consider the lilies, in Matthew 6.
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Isaiah 35:2,3 a prophetic verse about Israel.
Actually, the Bible has little to say about flowers, except comparing their life span to ours, grass or wildflowers. Job 14:2, Psalm 103:15, Isaiah 28:1 and 40 :6, James 1:10. Very few species of flowers are mentioned in the Bible although they abounded in Palestine. There are up to twenty five hundred species are calculated to be in western Syria and Palestine. Israel has many flowers. Of that large number about 500 hundred are thought to be British wildflowers, and of course there is mention of fragrant herbs and spices.
However, we are blessed with multitudes and varieties of species, all of His creating. And while the Bible has little to say about flowers, it has much to say about the showers falling on the them at least if we are the blossoms, the fragrant flowers of Christ and His Holy Spirit, may we spring into action, praise Him for His grace and blessing and that He reigns on us, may we be flowers of blessings. Rebecca Jones / Brigit Tohm