April 1, 2021 | Didi Bacon
April showers bring May flowers!
One website I found says that this old proverb means that adversity is followed by good fortune. In times past, this proverb was taken more literally, and in fact, it appeared in a British book of Weather Lore published in 1893.
April showers bring May flowers!
It is a statement of hope. Tough times today will produce a good harvest tomorrow. It is something we say to keep us moving forward when we just want to quit. It points to the power of having a better vision for tomorrow to keep us going through the tough times of today.
In his first letter to Christians struggling to live out their faith in the world, the apostle Peter points to the resurrection of Jesus as the reason those who live by faith in Him can endure the tough times.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:3-9 NASB
Peter tells us that because Jesus rose from the dead, faith in Him means that I have an “imperishable and undefiled” motive for living. The resurrection of Jesus becomes extremely important for me today because it keeps me committed to taking the next step in my faith journey. Because I know Jesus is alive, I can endure the trials of today because there is a reward for me that is saved up, guarded, and guaranteed in heaven. Following Jesus faithfully means that my life will not be a waste.
An aged Malcolm Muggeridge reflects:
“Plenty of great teachers, mystics, martyrs, and saints have spoken words full of grace and truth. In the case of Jesus alone, however, the belief has persisted that when he came into the world, God designed to take on the likeness of a man ...
“For myself, as I approach my end, I find Jesus’ outrageous claim ever more captivating and meaningful. Quite often, waking up in the night as the old do, I feel myself to be half out of my body, hovering between life and death, with eternity rising in the distance. I see my ancient carcass, prone between the sheets, stained and worn like a scrap of paper dropped in the gutter and, hovering over it, myself, like a butterfly released from its chrysalis stage and ready to fly away.
“Are caterpillars told of their impending resurrection? How in dying they will be transformed from poor earth-crawlers into creatures of the air, with exquisitely painted wings? If told, do they believe it? I imagine the wise old caterpillars shaking their heads--no, it can’t be; it’s a fantasy. Yet in the limbo between living and dying, as the night clocks tick remorselessly on … I hear those words: I am the resurrection, and the life, and feel myself to be carried along on a great tide of joy and peace.” Malcolm Muggeridge, Seeing Through the Eye (Ignatius Press, 2005), p. 5
April showers bring May flowers! Jesus is alive. Faith in Him brings life. Even though you have not seen Jesus within the flesh, love Him and believe in Him - one life step at a time.