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March 21, 2018

Spring Fever

A significant snowstorm hit much of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. today coinciding with the first full day of spring. For veterans of many Pennsylvania winters, the yearning for spring at this time in March is nearly comparable with the yearning for heaven; the lingering of snow, ice and winter temperatures is frustrating. It is something to be borne not something to celebrate. The snow itself is just as beautiful, but the reaction is quite a difference from the sparkling, magical snows so anticipated and appreciated at Christmastime

No, the spring snowstorm was not welcome. It aggravated cases of “spring fever,” that pent up need for budding flowers, warmer temperatures and outdoor activity. Sufferers of spring fever anxiously look at weather forecasts, check the skies, pay close attention to robin sightings and early daffodils. Could this be the last day of winter? Is this one the last winter storm of the season? Is spring really here?

In this heightened awareness and these actions of watchfulness, we glimpse what our yearning for everlasting life is or should be. In Psalm 130:6 (NET), the psalmist writes, “I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning, yes, more than watchmen do for the morning.”

Spring fever gives us a foretaste of the true life that is promised us through faith in Jesus Christ. Many times our lives seem like the drudgery and lifelessness of winter. We’re still standing, bearing up under the strain, but we’re not flowering. We are dormant, hibernating until the spring of life arrives. In the meantime, we are yearning for spending eternity with God in His heavenly kingdom and then on the new earth when Jesus returns to rule.

The truth is that the yearning, the seeking is natural and good. Jesus himself told us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” in Matthew 6:33 (KJV). But the truth is also that eternal life has already begun. We are promised joy and peace and the living water right here and right now; we’re living under grace, after all.

So, as the snowflakes fall, we can, like Paul, be content in all things whether in plenty or want. But we can also embrace spring fever and look forward with great anticipation to the new life that is just around the corner. In the words of one of my favorite Christian musicians, “In a little while, we’ll be with the Father. Can’t you see Him smile?”

Catch spring fever, seek His kingdom, and delight in His joy and peace today.