Verses to Live By: Spring and Summer

Contributing Editor Rick Hamlin shares Scripture that speaks to us in this time of rebirth and renewal.

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- Posted on May 27, 2021

Wild flowers under a bright blue summer sky

For now, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come. Song of Solomon 2:11–12

It’s easy to forget that much of the Bible was written to be sung. Sing this one to yourself. The whole creation is a reflection of the Creator. As you celebrate the budding flowers and the passing of the rains, you are giving thanks to the One who made them.

Not so good at singing? Remember what it says in another verse, the one about making a joyful noise to the Lord. It’s the joy that counts.

You have fixed all the bounds of the earth; you made summer and winter. Psalm 74:17

In my seventh-grade French class, there was a sign over the clock that read, Time Will Pass. Will You? It took me years to get the joke—alas, I’ve always been slow at puns. But the message is a good one. Time does pass.

With spring and summer here in the northern hemisphere, the days are longer. The sun sets later and rises earlier. That’s the way God meant it to be. Things will change. Enjoy what’s here now.

Look at the fig tree and all the trees, as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. Luke 21:29–30

That yearning for a sign from God is not limited to biblical times. I’ve often found myself gazing heavenward, asking if I’m on the right track.

Here we see Jesus, talking to the disciples, telling them where they can find something even bigger than the changing of the seasons—the kingdom of God. Jesus turns to an everyday element of their world, a fig tree. Take a look out your own window. God’s world is always communicating to us.

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