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Written by W.M. Mitchell   

 

Dear Children: We now write you in the month of March, it will not appear in the GOSPEL MESSENGER to be read by you until our May number is published and sent forth.

The spring season is generally very pleasant and beautiful, especially the month of May. Sweet roses and flowers appear, and fill the eye with delight, and the air with pleasant odors and perfumes; the little birds chirp and sing merrily, and all things give signs of happiness, life and pleasure. Children, also, are generally at this season more gay and cheerful.

But iii the midst of the beauties, gayeties and pleasures which this season inspires within us, would it not be well for us to think, every day, from whom all those beauties come? Who has given us spring, summer, or winter? Who hath caused the earth to bring forth these beautiful flowers? Who is it that has sent forth “rain, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with joy and gladness”? It is God our Maker. Soon after the Flood, when every man, woman and child who were then in the world were drowned, except eight persons, God made known his purpose to Noah, and promised that “while the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.”

Get your Bible, and read the 8th chapter of Genesis, and you will find the above promise there recorded, in the last verse of that chapter.

God’s word is true, and his promises are all faithfully per formed, whether they relate to natural things, which we, as natural men, women and children, can see, hear, know and enjoy; or to heavenly and spiritual things, which are given by his Holy Spirit in the name, and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Inspired writers often speak in the Scriptures to the instruction and comfort of christians by the use of natural things as metaphors and figures. Human life and its short duration is compared to a “flower, and is cut down” (Job 14:2.) And in the 103rd Psalm it is written: “As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth: for the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” So you see that we may learn some thing of our condition by considering such little things as grass and flowers. We may “flourish” for a while, like a beautiful spring flower; but the spring-time of life, like that of the rose, is passing away. The beautiful flower soon begins to decay and fade; the wind blows upon it, and it is gone.

And thus it is, and thus it will be with us all. The winds of adversity, disease, sorrow and affliction blow heavily upon us. Our beauty, strength and vigor of life decay and fade away. Our youthful pleasures, joys and comforts must cease; and all of us, whether young or old, righteous or wicked, must lie down in death, and “rise not till the heavens be no more, we shall not be waked, nor raised out of our sleep” (Job xiv. 12.)

But, dear children, we do not wish to fill you with unnecessary gloom nor sadness this merry season. It is but proper and right that you should enjoy life in a proper way. We do not blame you at all for admiring and enjoying the beauties of nature. It is the work of God, and he has made nothing in vain. We are glad to know that you delight in his works. But while you study and delight in natural things, we trust that some of you are also delighted in the blessed gospel of the Son of God. It proclaims peace and mercy to poor, guilty, heavy-laden sinners. It speaks of salvation from sin and death, and brings a foretaste of joys to the mourning soul, which will last forever.

It is a happy spring season to the poor, distressed children of God when they can, by faith, see their interest in Jesus Christ their Saviour. One of the inspired writers describes it in this way: “My beloved spake, and said unto me Rise up, my lo my fair one, and come away. For, lo! the winter is past; the rain is over and gone; 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.”—Song 2:10.

Then, dear young friends, we hope while some of are enjoying the festivities and beauties of May, in nature, you may also, through the abounding grace of God, be enabled to see and enjoy those undying beauties that are in Christ and his gospel.—M.

 

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