Springtime in August

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity (Philippians 4).

Paul paints a pretty picture here, using the words “revived” and “opportunity.”  The first means “to shoot up again,” as in a beautiful blossom rising from the ground, while the latter means “unseasonable.”  The idea is, even through the long days of not hearing from these dear folks, still, Paul knows the seeds of their concern for his welfare have always been there, but just waiting for the right time to come forth.   

The wonderful thing about Springtime is not only the beauty of the colors bursting forth from the ground, but that these colors have been absent for so long.  We never know how beautiful even small acts of kindness and generosity can be to someone who feels like they are stuck in the dead heat of summer.  The truth is, such acts are always in season, turning someone’s hot and humid day to nothing less than a Spring Fest.

Lord, thank You for those (especially those of our church family) who are always bringing Springtime into our lives.  Help us This Day to bring it into the lives of others.  Amen.