For over the past half a century, I have witnessed the coming of spring. Each and every year it comes according to its preordained time. In the midst of intermittent snows and the cold temperatures the grass greens, flowers arise, and trees bud. Mankind has nothing to do nothing with its arrival. That which is ordained remains unaffected by any chaos overshadowing it.
Each year we witness new life springing forth from lifelessness, as if creation has suddenly been given a signal to awaken from its slumber. For people of faith, spring is a time of renewal. It reminds us of a day long ago when the Savior of the world was crucified, entombed and rose to new life. Easter is the season of resurrection, when new life is possible from lifelessness.
I am reminded of a scripture passage found in Luke 5:35-43, in which Jesus of Nazareth gives new life to a twelve year old girl. Everyone surrounding the little girl’s family knew she was dead, including the town’s people, the professional mourners, and her family. Yet Jesus’ response was, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” What was it Jairus, the little girl’s father, was supposed to believe? When Jesus arrived at the residence of the dead child he said, “why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” Is this what the father was supposed to believe, that the child was not dead only sleeping? He certainly knew the child was dead. It is more likely Jairus needed faith to believe new life could come from lifelessness. Luke, the author of this book of the Bible, intended this story to be a foreshadowing of the miracle which occurred on Easter morning; when new life came from lifelessness, when hope sprang forth from hopelessness.
A chaotic pandemic will overshadow this Easter season. Remember Jesus’ words to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” Hold fast to the certainty that the resurrected Jesus, the author of spring, is still in control. Hope can spring forth from hopelessness!