March 5, 2012 was the first day of the cross-country ski season for me, and the last. So much for Winter snow this season. Oh well.
Many people dislike the snow, and were probably dreaming about Spring back in January. Some anticipate the return of warm weather more than others. They look for the signs of an early Spring, and rejoice with the fresh buds and green twigs. Is there a new warmth in the air? Do we detect a fresh scent of some new foliage growing far away? Who doesn’t cherish the first smell of cut grass in the Summertime?
So also Christians eagerly await the return of the Lord. (Philippians 3:20). We look for the signs. Then we follow the teaching of John the Baptist who made straight paths for our Lord: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 3:1-3, 4:17). Then unashamed in faith, we will meet our Lord.
And when he returns, having been released from the final cold bonds of sin, we will run barefoot through the grass jumping for joy. (Malachi 4:2). Now we see in part, then we shall see clearly. (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Clothed in Christ our raiment will shine like the sun. (Matthew 17:2 & Revelation 21:11). Not even Solomon was dressed as lovely as the flowers of the field, and we are worth far more than they (Matthew 6:28-30), but in the early Spring, even tulips must wait to see the glory that God will grant them.
So too like them, we wait.