Here’s a Daily Illumination spring classic from 2006! Do I look younger?
Drip, drip, drip. Tweet, tweet. Can you hear the sounds of spring? What a messy time of year! Mud and slush. Scraping the bottom of your shoe off on the sidewalk or with a stick before coming into the house. Hopping and skipping over puddles and trying to avoid being sprayed by a passing truck.
Out of this cool, slushy mud bath comes all the warmth and beauty of spring’s new life. “April showers bring May flowers.” But can’t we just skip past all the rain and mud and just have the flowers? Please, just give me the flowers!
Unfortunately this is not how life works. If you want the flowers, you have to put up with the rain and mud. If you want the new life and warmth of spring you have to weather the cold, dark season of winter.
The Easter Story has a similar message. Jesus was tempted in the garden of Gethsemane to bypass the showers and move straight to the flowers: “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me” (Matt 26:39). But that was not the way it was to be.
On the Cross, Jesus carried the weight of all the world’s slush and mud on his shoulders. At Easter, his resurrection brought new life–an eternal springtime–to the whole world. From winter to spring, from darkness to dawn, from suffering to glory—this is how it works.
You may be experiencing your own rain showers and mud puddles right now. Trust in God. He will bring new life out of the slushy mess. Perhaps you are living in the coldness of a winter, and need God to shine his warmth and Son on you to melt the ice away.
Wherever you are, just remember that the flowers always follow the showers.