Growing up in northern Ohio, winters were often difficult to endure. With endless snowdrifts piled high on our back porch and across our driveway and icy conditions threatening hazardous travel, spring was welcomed with anticipation. However, even in the dead of winter, beauty appeared. Whether it revealed itself in the sun glistening on the icicles, the frost that crystalized on the windows or the appearance of a red cardinal bounding through the snow, the knowledge of a future end kept our eyes focused on the hope of what was yet to come.
In our reading above, waiting for the spring rains is compared to our struggle with waiting for the Lord’s return. When we see the chaos, sin, and evil in our world today, waiting may seem long, but Jesus’ beauty is revealed to us in His Word and Sacraments, keeping our focus on the eternal hope that is to come.
Christ understands patient waiting. Trying to prepare His disciples for their endurance of His hard “winter” of life, He wanted them to know that His “spring” would eventually come through the cross and resurrection and that all would be made perfect upon His last coming.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, what a privilege it is to rejoice in planning for the final call heavenward! I am so thankful that I belong to You. Amen