April Showers Bring May Flowers

There’s a popular phrase that encourages me to look forward to the month of April with excitement and enthusiasm, in spite of the depression that looms from the hard and long winter of the past several months and challenges in life:

“April showers bring May flowers.”
As families around the world gathered recently to celebrate the life, death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter, I was reminded of how His story parallels with the idea of sunshine following a season of gloom and sadness. Jesus’ suffering and death produced new life. Throughout scripture and throughout life we are faced with the reality of frailty and brokenness. “The grass withers, the flower fades.” But those of us who have trusted in Jesus know can cling to the hope in phrases like “joy comes in the morning,”

We all have experienced showers, or seasons of gloom and sadness. I have lived through many, with the passing of my father, my son being sick as a baby, trouble in my marriage, moving my mom, sibling rivalry, loss of grandparents, shut down of business, church heartbreak, brokenness, depression and anxiety, illnesses, cancer,  etc..etc.. Maybe you are even experiencing some right now. It can be easy to dwell on the negative things in our life. But Ezekiel 34:26 says:

“And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing…”

Just like this scripture, “April showers bring May flowers” is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed— even an abundance of flowers in May. 

The phrase is also a lesson in patience. Many of life’s greatest things come only to those who wait, and by patiently and happily enduring the clouds and damp of April, you can find yourself more easily able to take in the sights and smells of May if you change your outlook and keep your eyes and heart focused on Christ and His blessings. 

Even though my hardships brought brokenness and heartache, good came out of every situation. When my son was sick, fighting for his life in the hospital for seven years, I fought God. I wasn’t a Christian at the time, and I questioned if God was even real. I cried out day after day, “If there is a God you will heal my boy?”
In the waiting and the hurting, God pierced my heart. I gave my life to Christ and my husband Jonah confessed “I give you my son, like you gave your son to us.” In our newfound surrender, we had hope. The “may flowers” came when I surrendered my life to Jesus. There was healing in our own lives, and, thankfully, we also witnessed the miraculous healing of our son.

Surrendering your life means trusting God who gave us his one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us. I am so thankful that God healed my son, but I know that this isn’t always how God chooses to answer our prayers. Sometimes He has a different plan. The beauty is knowing there is a plan, a purpose, and a loving God who is orchestrating all things for “good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” 
I pray your flowers come too. Be ready for the April showers by praying and surrendering your all and allow the flowers to come in May in every area of your life. Change your outlook and keep your eyes on the prize, Jesus! Leave a comment with your prayer request. I would love to pray for you during the month of April Showers! 
1 reply
  1. Jasmine
    Jasmine says:

    I want to pray about more people turning their life around. I also pray that more people receive God’s love. 💕 Amen


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