by Dean Ohlman
These words from the lyrics written by Jack Hayford come to my mind when the sun returns from the south and brings with it the gifts of spring. Although there can hardly be a more dramatic change created by spring than in the Great Lakes region, the changes created by nature’s Easter in the desert are a drama of a different sort.
I recently spent a couple weeks with my brother and sister-in-law at their home in Palm Desert, California”my annual spring tonic. Although it was still a bit early and a bit too dry for the typical profusion of desert wildflowers, the south-facing slopes and washes were beginning to bloom with hints of that glorious day prophesied by our Scriptures:
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God” (Isaiah 35:1-2).
The majestic nature of this special divinely created celebration is repeated every year for us”as a sort of sacrament of worship instituted by the Creator for nature: His general revelation. What is wonderful is that the joy of creation’s celebration is visible to us, who are created in His image, and makes it possible for us to rejoice at the thought of our own future resurrection at which time nature will have been restored, redeemed, and reconciled to God. At that grand moment we will finally see in all its fullness our relationship with the natural world, a relationship that we too often fail to understand: “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21)
Perhaps then every material part of God’s creation in its own nature will join with us in repeating Pastor Hayford’s words (Sing along with this YouTube version of it. Click on the back arrow to return to the post):
Majesty, worship his majesty;
Unto Jesus be all glory, power and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority flow from His throne;
Unto his own His anthem raise.
So exalt lift up on high the name of Jesus;
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty:
Jesus who died now glorified,
King of all kings.
Here’s a version of Caedmon’s Call