Color has exploded onto the landscape. Soft reds, bright pinks, pale yellows, and deep whites dot the lawns and lanes. Fruit trees, iris, azaleas, and dozens of other plants proudly proclaim the welcome renewal of spring. But we know the beauty will soon give way to deep greens, humidity, and the sound of lawn mowers. The rapid change of spring is part of the charm. We know the fresh beauty will only last a short time. Probably for this reason, God uses the imagery of spring flowers to teach us spiritual lessons.
The main lesson is the shortness of life. In more than passage, the Bible compares earthly life to flowers to remind us that our lives are very short. For instance, Isaiah 40:6-8 reads, “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” In Isaiah 18, God compares his plans for Israel to pruning grape vines after “the bud blossoms and the flower becomes a ripening grape.” He reminds us that we need to be shaped and guided to bear the fruit he desires. So enjoy the fleeting beauty of spring. Use it to remember the length of eternity and your absolute need for God’s guidance.