Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 24th, 2018
The desert and the dry ground will be glad. The dry places will be full of joy. Flowers will grow there. Like the first crocus in the spring…
Isaiah 35:1 (NIRV)
The First Crocuses
What a marvelous picture of new life and hope and joy. Some places on the earth have harsh winters. There is always cause for joy when the first indicator of the new season is seen. We are reminded from nature that places in our lives that are dry and empty can also know new life. What is seen in the natural landscape can also be accomplished in our lives.
One of the first signs of spring is the appearance of a crocus, poking colourfully through the melting snow. Just to confuse things, if you live in Western Canada, those flowers you call the prairie crocus is not actually a crocus – its in the lily family. And it doesn’t just grow in Canada. It is common in eastern Russian, Asia, and in North America, where it is common across Canada’s western provinces, as well as in the U.S. as far south as New Mexico.
Spring is my favourite season of the year. After a long Canadian winter, to see the first crocuses pop up from the cold ground, to catch a glimpse of the first robin, or woodpecker, brings a sense of hope. The Creator God understands the need for human beings to have that hope and He is the one who brings spring into a human heart that has long been in a spiritual winter. In Isaiah 35:1 we read a wonderful prophecy given to the people of Israel who were in exile and captivity: “The desert and the dry ground will be glad. The dry places will be full of joy. Flowers will grow there. Like the first crocus in the spring…” We have seen that prophecy fulfilled in our day, with the rebirth of the nation of Israel. But as with all prophecy, there is a promise to each individual heart here. God takes the heart that is dry and barren because of the ravages of sin and brings new life, hope and joy. If you have been in spiritual winter, reach out in faith to Jesus Christ and He will provide the gift of new life.
These have been words from the heart.