O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! (from a poem by Thomas Dekker)
Spring is my favourite season and May is my favourite month. After a long, cold winter I look forward, with eager anticipation, to all that May has to offer. I love the clear, soft blue skies and the mellow sunshine. I love that the sun dispenses a gentle, mellow warmth while the air still feels fresh and clean. I love the symphony of birdsong that heralds in mating and nesting season. I love spying the exuberant flash of bright colours on male birds wearing their best feathers to attract the ladies. I love puttering around my garden and observing how each day something new and green pushes through the soil promising that days of colour, texture and scent will soon follow. I love how the tree silhouettes change from the outlines of bare branches, to branch tips with swollen buds, to the first flush of new green leaves like delicate lace, to the lush satin fullness of unfurled leaves. I love the evening chorus of Spring Peeper frogs trilling. And I love the smell of things fresh and new and full of life.
To me, the month of May is Creation at it’s best – new beginnings, freshness, gentleness, and a celebration of life.
When I was musing on the subjects of Spring and May, it came to me that the same things that are needed in order to make Spring and May so wonderful and enjoyable are the same things that are needed in our own lives.
Al Jolson sang “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. In the same way that Spring rains nourish May flowers, so too do our own ‘flowers’ of soul (mind, will, emotions) and spirit require ‘rain’ in order to be nourished and strengthened. Plants receive the best nourishment from rain water but we receive nourishment from “living water”, which comes from Jesus Christ.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water.
When we believe in Jesus Christ, we are filled with “living water” which nourishes and strengthens our soul and spirit and the life that this brings then flows out as a witness to others of God’s love, mercy and grace.
Act 14:17 And yet He [God} did not leave Himself without witness, doing good, giving rain and fruitful season to us from heaven, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
Joh 7:38 He who believes on Me [Jesus], as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Trees, plants and flowers also require sunlight in order to produce food for energy and proper growth. Our physical bodies need physical sunshine in order to produce Vit. D (important for healthy bones and immune system). Our brains need regular exposure to bright light in order to have mental and emotional health (sunlight triggers the formation of important endorphins and neurotransmitters). Our soul and spirit also need to be exposed to light – but rather than sunlight, we need Sonlight – Jesus, who is the Son of God and who is The Light.
2Co 4:6 For it is God who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine;” who shone in our hearts to give the brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
While we do get sunshine in Summer, Fall and Winter, I find May sunshine is the best because along with the lengthening hours of mellow sunlight, we get gentle warmth. Summer light is glaring and harsh with an accompanying heat that can be fierce which causes living things to wither, dry up and die. Autumn heat is milder but as daylight hours lessen, leaves lose their ability to produce the chlorophyll necessary for energy production and begin to die. Winter light is bright and crisp but lacks the necessary warmth to sustain life in plants and trees.
Gen 31:40 I was there; in the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night. And my sleep departed from my eyes.
Job 24:19 Drought and heat eat up the snow waters;…
Just as plants require the right amount of warmth in order to flourish, so do our souls and spirits – only the warmth we need does not come from the sun, but rather from The Son, Jesus, and the Heavenly Father, God, who sent him. When we are one in relationship with Jesus and God, we benefit from the warmth of their love and protection.
Ecc 4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone?
Isa 25:4 For You are a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the fearful ones is like a storm against the wall.
Isa 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; nor shall the heat nor sun strike them; for He who has mercy on them shall lead them; even by the springs of water He shall guide them.
Jer_17:8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters; it sends out its roots by the river, and it shall not fear when the heat comes, but its foliage shall be green; and he is not worried in the year of drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit.
Water, sunlight and warmth in the right amounts promotes life and growth in the physical world. Living Water, The Light, and the warmth of fellowship with God the Father and Jesus, His Son will provide life and growth in your soul and spirit.
“Abba, Father, hear in Heaven and forgive the sin of your children. Teach us the good way in which we should walk in The Light of truth and give rain on your land, in Jesus’ name. Amen” (based on Joh. 8:12, 1Ki 8:36)