No season stimulates the senses quite like spring. It teases us with warmth, bites us with cold and overwhelms our auditory circuits with awakened life. Its occasional storms light up night skies, as a fading winter and a hard-charging summer duel to the death in the atmosphere above. A thick haze often hangs in the air once pine trees shed their yellow coats, inconveniencing some, tormenting others and spurring business at car washes. Family bike rides, and the smell of fresh-cut grass lets us know that the annual heat-and-humidity grind many of us dread lurks right around the corner.
However, spring’s most enduring quality may be found in its ability to renew hope. Webster defines hope as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” It runs much deeper than that, especially for believers. South African archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” It feels as though we have been surrounded by hopelessness for the past year-plus, from rising death tolls due to a virus we cannot control and social strife to political discord and unsettling uncertainty. Through it all, God remains sovereign, patiently waiting for His people to turn back to Him.
Charles Spurgeon, one of the truth hammers of the Christian faith, put it best: “Without Christ there is no hope.” Yes, God is in the hope business still, tirelessly reaching down while waiting for us to one day reach up to Him. “Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up,” Billy Graham said. “There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus.”