‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
The calendar assures me that the warmer temperatures of summer are just around the corner…and with them many of my most favourite yearly activities: camping, campfires, swimming, biking, hiking, exploring, picking apples…etc. I look forward to the months that stretch between late spring and early autumn because in my humble opinion…they are filled with signs of life.
I think that the same can be said of the Season after Pentecost…otherwise known as the Green Season of the church year. It also is filled with signs of life.
Certainly, it’s easy to find evidence of life in those cherished Christmas birthcries from the manger. And admittedly, the empty tomb is pretty hard to miss. But it’s during the 25 weeks which stretch from June 23-November 24 that we will encounter some of the most cherished…life giving…and inspiring passages from scripture.
As we journey together through the richness of this season, perhaps we will find life:
- in a Saviour who labours and harvests tirelessly (Luke 10:1-11, 16-20);
- in a Jesus who teaches urgently about the greatest commandment (Luke 10:25-37);
- in the fervent call to prayer (Luke 11:1-13);
- through a woman who is healed on the Sabbath (Luke 13:10-17);
- in a host who welcomes warmly and with gracious hospitality (Luke 14:1, 7-14);
- through the lost who are found (Luke 15:1-10);
- by the faith of a Samaritan Leper (Luke 17:11-19);
- or through the proclamation of blessing and blessedness. (Luke 6:20-31).
Each of these, are wonderful signs of God’s life as it continues to surround and sustain us. But perhaps the greatest sign of life which we will encounter as we embark on our after-Pentecost journey, will be the evidence of the life that God has made possible for each and every one of us through Christ Jesus. A life that isn’t constrained to any season or time. Rather, a life that is made possible by grace, through faith, in Christ. As Job reminds us, In God’s hand is the life of every living thing…and the breath of every human being.