What does the Bible say about spring?

Spring is well underway, with trees in bloom and lambs frolicking in the fields. We may be in lockdown, but we can still soak up the early sunshine and enjoy the signs of new life as we take our daily exercise. It’s also a great time to find out what God has to say about this special season in the Bible.

Spring rains

We get plenty of rain in the UK, but in hot countries it can feel like soothing medicine when the rainy season finally arrives. The Bible talks extensively about spring rains as a symbol of physical and spiritual refreshment.

Deuteronomy 11:14: “Then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.”

Zechariah 10:1: “Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.”

Job 29:23: “They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.”

A new and prosperous season

With the spring rain comes new life, both in the natural landscape and in our hearts. Jesus spoke of “living water” – alluding to the Holy Spirit – and the Bible is full of imagery about the impact of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need to be filled with the Spirit if we want to keep living abundant, fulfilled lives.

Deuteronomy 32:2: “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”

Isaiah 44:3-4: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.”

Psalm 1:3: “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.”

A sign of Christ’s return

Just as we get excited when we see the first snowdrop or daffodil, which reminds us that the winter is on its way out and spring is setting in, we should always remember that this life is only temporary. Jesus is coming back, and we should be ready and waiting for his return. Life on earth is nothing but a foreshadowing of what is to come as we spend eternity with him.

Isaiah 35:1-3: “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendour of our God.”

Song of Songs 2:11-13: “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

James 5:7: “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.”