“Love all of God’s creation, both the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love animals, love plants, love each thing. If you love each thing, you will perceive the mystery of God in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin tirelessly to perceive more and more of it every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an entire, universal love.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
With the recent rains, if things aren’t bright green, then they’re pink, purple, red, yellow or white. And don’t you love the budding trees? They seem to have bloomed overnight.
And how about that thunderstorm we had on Monday night? It was so powerful that it fried all three telephones in the parsonage. Despite that, there is something wonderful about the sound of wind, rain, and thunder. All of this brings to mind these verses from the Song of Solomon:
Song of Solomon 2:11-12 English Standard Version
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing[a] has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
While the rain isn’t over and gone quite yet, it does feel like a time of singing has come. Easter Sunday was a wonderful day with the sun, the warmth, the flowers, and people singing! It was better than the “voice of the turtledove!”
The joy of spring and Easter combine to make people of faith all the more aware of how God shows up all around us. As Dostoevsky points out so well, if we love every bit of God’s creation, we will “perceive the mystery of God in things.”
This time of year, is the perfect time to learn how to love all that we see. Spring may be the easiest season in which to practice this. There is no dearth of beautiful and interesting things to look at this time of year. And after all that everyone’s been through, this exercise will be totally enjoyable.
So, let’s tip-toe through the tulips as the song goes and get fascinated by the beauty of it all. This kind of seeing is good for the soul and brings us into the mystery of the One who created our world. The Mystery draws us deeper and deeper into the kind of love that embraces everything in the created order.
What better way to live than to love all that is? It can all begin with one bud, blossom, or bird – anything at all. Then if we keep at it, we just may find that we are loving God through the love we feel for what God created.
May we continue to sing songs of joy and use the season of spring as a way to emerge from the long winter of pandemic and into the universal love of all things.