Spring Time

Spring time…

A time of new beginnings, new life and transformations.  Seeds begin to sprout, bud and then finally bloom. All through nature spring is a time for babies. Little calves and spotted fawns generally pop into my mind first. But I also think of bullfrogs and butterflies. Some of you may think that to be odd. But as a child attending Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.) with a friend, we sang a song about bullfrogs and butterflies and it has remained in my head throughout my entire life. (You really should try to find and listen to that song (Barry Mcguire – Bullfrogs and Butterflies).

Spring brings out the “cleaning and organizing” in us. We have a strong desire to clean during spring more than any other time. You know that deep cleaning that we always talk about, but never get around to.

The poem, Legend of the Dogwood, always makes me ponder the season when Jesus was crucified. I tend to think of Dogwoods in Spring which would make perfect sense to me that it took place in the Spring. Given the size of the Dogwood, my guess is that it is not the type of wood the cross was made from. But none the less a beautiful poem. But the thought of a Spring crucifixion of my Savior resonates with me in the way of cleaning. Because of His death on the cross, because of His spilled blood, I am clean. Maybe that is the underlying reason we feel such an urge to “clean” in the Spring. To start “fresh” in our homes. His death gave us that “fresh start”, that “deep cleaning” we long for and are/was in need of.

Now let’s go back to the song, Bullfrogs and Butterflies. The song talks about the transformation the two must undergo. The lyrics about the Bullfrog are as follows:

“Ol’ tadpole in a fishin’ hole
He couldn’t croak or jump to save his soul
But then one day
It’s the funniest thing
Why he started growin’
Turnin’ green
Yes, he jumped up on a lily pad
And he was croakin’ out a song, gave it all he had

Now the lyrics about the Butterfly:

A little caterpillar on a blade of grass
She noticin’ the days going by so fast
She’s a lovely little lady
She’s looking for a room
She’s weavin’ and spinnin’ out a fine cocoon
Why it didn’t take long ’til she saw the sky
Spread your wings you butterfly

And the chorus:

Bullfrogs and butterflies
We’ve both been born again
Bullfrogs and butterflies
We’ve both been born again

Doesn’t this children’s song say it all? When you have been born again you are changed.

1 Corinthians 13: 11 “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

John 3: 3  Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

1 Peter 1: 23  “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

You can now do things that you never could before. Philippines 4: 13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

For example, to know what true peace feels like. To see the light at the end of the tunnel. To have hope. Philippians 4: 6, 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

To feel the love of Christ therefore enabling you to give to others the love of Christ you have in you. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

So when Spring is in the air and you notice the bullfrogs and butterflies and feel the urge to clean, use that as a reminder to “clean up” any clutter that may have taken home inside of you.

 

Melissa Walker Neal