My text is from Song of Solomon 2:10-13. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Soon after the holidays and the new year arrives, I begin to look for spring. I’m not sure why, but to me it is a time where everything seems to come to life. After a long cold winter the animals become more active. The hibernating animals wake up and the birds that go south return with their melodious songs. It’s almost like they are trying to sing in spring. Everything seems happy. Even the fish start jumping. The trees and flowers seem happy with their displays of color and even me, after being in all winter enjoys getting out and doing a little fishing or some yard work.
If you study scripture you find that our Lords’ return is more likely to be in the spring, at least as far as the rapture of the Church is concerned and though it’s not one hundred percent conclusive, it is a very strong possibility. Our text states that the beloved says to his loved one to rise up and come away with him. This is a beautiful picture of the calling out of the Church by our Lord. Whether we are alive or dead at his coming, we will rise up and come away with Him one day when He calls for us.
And for that reason,
I am looking for Spring!
Even so, come.