I love spring. The much-needed pop of color brought by daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths after a cold winter is perhaps one of my favorite things. Of course, these lovely blooms don’t last long. They spring up (pun intended), brighten our landscaping and our lives, and almost as quickly wither away, waiting for a new year and a new season.
It reminds me of the well-known, much-loved verse, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever” (Isaiah 40:8). I love what John Calvin says about this verse:
After having learned how empty and destitute we are of all blessings, how transitory and fading is the glory of the flesh, the only consolation left for us, that we may be raised up by the word of the Lord, as by an outstretched hand, is, that we are frail and fading, but that the word of the Lord is durable and eternal, and, in a word, that the life which we need is offered to us from another quarter.
Indeed, we are frail and fading. All that is around us is withering. And yet, as Calvin says, “life is prepared for the dead who shall come thirsting to the fountain that is exhibited to them; for the power which is hid in God is revealed to us by the word.” What a powerful, sobering, glorious, merciful truth.
Well, I hope you’ve been enjoying spring so far (if applicable, of course). No matter the season, Friday is always welcome, so I hope you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- This was a good podcast interview with Aimee Byrd.
- I imagine this has caused quite an upset in this community. Such a tragedy. Here is the family’s statement (don’t miss it).
- Thoughts on a broken and contrite heart.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- I remember watching Jack Hanna as a guest on morning talk shows. Dementia is such a difficult diagnosis.
- There was a time in my Christian walk when I condemned this hymn because it didn’t use, in my opinion, the correct theological words. I would have been one of those people I saw this year taking to Twitter to mock the line, “He lives within my heart” from the hymn He Lives. But knowing the background to this much-loved favorite, In the Garden, helps me appreciate it in a new way.
- I am so thankful for God’s transforming power, aren’t you?