Thought for the month
A late wintry spell in the Gard was unusually severe this year. Unexpected February snowfalls caused great discomfort to animals on farms and in the wild. Crops and home gardens suffered significant damage. Fortunately, most people were able to avoid the cold although disadvantaged or homeless people would certainly have felt it.
Almost by way of compensation nature appears to have produced a more abundant springtime than usual. Asparagus this season is plentiful – and delicious. An early harvest of hay on many farms bodes well for a second before the summer is through. The grapevines and olive trees are now lush with foliage and tiny grappes of fruit. The ears of wheat formed early and are already changing colour from deep green to lime before fully ripening.
In human affairs besides agriculture, most of us experience unexpected frosts from time to time. Some in our church community have recently lost close family and friends, others have fallen ill or faced other setbacks. Some have been impacted by demonstrations, strikes or the ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit.
God reassures us in Scripture that if we remain committed to Him, the warmth of spring will follow the winter freezes:
“So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today — to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul — 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. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.” (Deuteronomy 11: 13-15)
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