I’ve always thought of May as a month of optimism. “April showers bring May flowers,” the saying goes, and though that’s not in the Bible, it’s a pretty accurate reflection of reality, at least in Canada.
I haven’t checked the meteorological statistics for April, but even if it wasn’t as rainy as some Aprils have been, it certainly carried a cloudy atmosphere, didn’t it? None of us has marked down the days of April as we all did this year. And we are all hopeful that as the rainfall of April brings May’s promised verdancy, so too will April’s air of gloom from the Coronavirus pandemic will bring some hope of emancipation in May.
We live in hope. That’s good for followers of Jesus, because hope is our commodity.
Buds on the trees and bright yellow flowers on the forsythia bushes signify our hope that summer is coming. Being meticulous about avoiding the spread of germs, and seeing “the curve” slowly flatten, signify our hope that freedom to congregate again is coming.
While I’ve always thought of May as a month of optimism, I’m not sure I’ve paid quite the same degree of attention to the signs of spring before; perhaps it indicates that I am more eagerly waiting in anticipation of what God may do with our world in the coming weeks.
Each spring brings change to the landscape. This spring has brought change to the way we live our lives, whether we like it or not. And with change comes opportunity.
We can choose to find good in this season of restraint that will benefit our lives when we approach the “new normal”, for there will be no going back to the “old normal”. We can choose new, edifying habits; intentional rest; even loving people we might have taken for granted.
May is a month of optimism, hope, and opportunity – perhaps no more so than this year. The choice is ours.
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end” – Ecclesiastes 3.11, NLT.