Isaiah 29:18… And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book,
April Showers Bring May Flowers
“April Showers Bring May Flowers” Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Song of Songs 2:8…The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 9) My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. 10) My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11) For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 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; 13) The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
This Shulamite woman is expressing her desire and love for Solomon in this psalm (or song).
In verses 11-13, we can see the woman picturing her love relationship with Solomon using the seasonal metaphors to explain it.
I would like a little latitude if you will in using her metaphor for the basis of the message here this morning on “April Showers Bring May Flowers.”
The original saying is “March winds and April showers bring May flowers.” This was written in 1886 from a short poem written by Thomas Tusser in 1610 (an English poet from England).
Let us examine this poem but keep in mind that God established the weather for a reason and we can use that reason this morning to help us grow spiritually.
I. March Winds
A) A Preparation
I looked up on line from several websites to find out why and the purpose for the winds of March to be so strong.
March (especially in Kansas) is a “moody month.” WHY? Because March can be 80 degrees one day and blistering 20 degrees the next.
March can produce snow, ice, sunshine, fog, rain, and of course wind.
March is a transition (changing) month where we are changing from winter to summer.
This kind of weather helps the seasonal plants to prepare themselves for the change in weather.
Like the month of March, God brings into our lives strong winds, soft rain, freezing temperatures, and etc.
Like March, you cannot predict the weather (events that happen), the storms (bad things that pop up) or nice sunshine (beautiful moments, or events) in your life. BUT, you can prepare yourself for the winds and storms of life and enjoy the sunshine.
The word “prepare” is written 81 times in our KJV Bible and it most always is talking about us (as God’s children) being prepared or to get prepared to do something.
God’s desire is to have His children to be prepared. WHY? I believe it is to allow us to have less stress on our life. When you are prepared for something, you are stronger to withstand the pressure or stress of whatever it is.
Look into God’s word as He gives commands to His people in II Chronicles 35:4…And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son. 5) And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites. 6) So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Notice that first God tells them to “prepare yourselves” and then secondly God tells them to “prepare your brethren.”
You cannot prepare others unless you are prepared first.
God teaches us to …
“prepare thy work” in Proverbs 24:27
“prepare a city for habitation” in Proverbs 107:36
“prepare your heart” in Job 11:13
“prepare ye war against her (enemies of Judah)” in Jeremiah 6:4
“prepare ye the way of the Lord” in Mark 1:3
Jesus tells us “I go to prepare a place for you” in John 14:2
God prepares, Jesus prepares, and they teach us to prepare because the March winds are coming, the storms of life are coming and we need to be prepared.
By the way, being prepared will not cause you to panic.
B) Effects on plants
I would like to look at ourselves this morning as a plant. Then, look at God as the weather, or the one who brings change, trials, and growth.
Weather has its effects on plants. If bad weather, then bad effects. If good weather, then good effects.
The results of the effects are based on how well you are prepared.
I am glad that God prepared a way for us sinners to bask in His sunlight. That “way” is Jesus Christ. Without Christ, we cannot enjoy life, we cannot have a hope of eternal salvation form the storm (the great Tribulation) that is to come.
Are you prepared for Jesus to come? Will you go to hell unprepared?
II. April Showers
A) The rain
Continuing in our text this morning of SOS 2:11… For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
“…the winter is gone” meaning the hard tests, the hard trials, the troubles of life have slowed down. Now what…
The rain comes. April is known as the rainy month. However, here in Kansas we have rain in May as well but more moderate temperatures are evidenced.
The word “rain” is seen 107 times in the KJV Bible and is almost always intended to mean moisture from above.
Look at God’s promise given to His children in Leviticus 26:3…If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; 4) Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
This was God’s promise. If you obey me and do not worship other idols, then I will bless you and the land that you live in.
The rain here in Leviticus was an actual rain. But furthermore it was also a metaphor meaning the benefit of blessings in their life.
B) Facts about rain and tap water
Did you know that rain water makes plants look better, perform better, and gives them more strength than tap water?
Calcium and magnesium make tap water hard and damaging to pipes, which is sometimes remedied by the addition of sodium as a water softener. But none of these mineral elements – which are much less concentrated in rainwater – do plants much good when delivered through a sprinkler system. The white sediment you see on the leaves of your plants is calcium and magnesium sediment from irrigation water, and sodium, like chlorine, is toxic to plant tissue.
Furthermore, sodium that reaches the ground is damaging to soil structure, too. In a productive garden, soil particles clump together in beneficial aggregates. Sodium, however, disperses these aggregates and creates cracks on the soil surface.
Plants look greener after it rains since air is 78 percent nitrogen and nitrogen, above all other elements, is what makes plants green.
If you know your Bible (as you should), water is often used to describe the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the one who guides us and teaches us the things of God.
The Holy Spirit is very important to us a s a Christian.
David recognized the importance of rain (the Holy Spirit) in Psalm 51:11…Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
WHY did David not want God to remove the Holy Spirit from Him? Because the Holy Spirit is the driving force, the food, the nourishment that brings us joy in Christ Jesus.
Paul warns the church of Ephesus in his letter to the Ephesians 4:30…And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
HOW do we not grieve the Holy Spirit? Look at verse 31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
In my opinion, there is nothing better than a fresh rain. Standing under a porch or inside a gazebo while it is gently raining upon the ground and all around as I drink my hot cup of coffee.
God wants us to experience that same rain of the Holy Spirit in our life that is necessary to help us grow.
III. May Flowers Arrive
A) A time of singing
Look at our text of SOS 2:11) For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 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;
Everyone knows that water helps flowers grow. Especially rain water!
I personally am ready for growth. I am ready for maturity. Are you?
God loves to see growth, God loves to see maturity, God loves to see happiness and joy.
Did you notice the verse saying “the time of the singing of birds is come,” Doesn’t that just make you want to sing?
Interestingly enough, if my study is correct, In the eastern countries there is a dove that looks like the shape of a turtle when they are sitting with their wings around them. They are called “turtle doves.”
God loves to hear us singing, His birds singing, and flowers blooming. WHY? Because it is a sign of happiness.
I love the words to that old hymn… “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know. Fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.” AMEN!