the gift of green

“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. . . . And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:11-12)

This month’s word prompt is appropriate for April. It is “green” and where I live, April is usually the month when everything that has been brown comes to life and turns green again. Green is the color of life – new life (light green), eternal life (darker green like the evergreen of pines). Green is the most prevalent color in nature, which makes sense because everything that grows – grass, plants, trees, bushes – is some shade of green. This is the work of photosynthesis, that miraculous process which uses sunlight and the chlorophyll (which is green) in leaves to turn carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and glucose. The glucose is a source of food for the plant. Plants in turn are a source of food for animals and humans. So photosynthesis feeds the world and gives us oxygen as a bonus byproduct in the process! Oxygen is necessary to sustain life. Just another reason green is the color of life.

Some of the first green stems and leaves to appear are those of the crocus and daffodil flowers, which spring up from a bulb that has been buried in the dead, frozen earth all winter. Year after year, spring after spring, these lovely flowers appear as if by magic, reminding me that the earth has not been dead, just sleeping during the dark, frozen days of winter. Overnight the earth seems to turn green with new life, as grass, flowers, bushes and trees all wake up together displaying multiple hues of green.

Green is also the measure of health for my houseplants. As long as they are green, I know they are alive and growing. If they start to turn brown, I know they are dying and I need to do something different to see if I can get them to turn green and growing once again – to bring them back to life.

In Psalm 23:1-2, David says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures,”. Green pastures mean abundant provision for the sheep, plenty to eat. Green pastures mean life. Green signals the arrival of spring, the season when new life appears on previously barren tree branches and previously barren ground. Not coincidently, it is in the spring that we observe the Easter holiday, which is the ultimate celebration of new life.

Resurrection Sunday reminds us that there is an empty tomb, because Jesus, who was dead, is now alive. Life has triumphed over death and every spring we watch this play out in nature, reminding us of this truth, reminding us never to give up hope. Trees that appeared dead, suddenly have buds that turn into leaves, and some even grow fruit! Land that was frozen, dead, thaws and grows grass and crops, sustaining life once again. Earth has turned green once again, everything has been reborn. New life – wrapped in the color green, that is the gift of spring, that is the gift of Easter.

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.’ ” (John 11:25-26)

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” (Romans 6:3-5)

sincerely, Grace Day

2 thoughts on “the gift of green

  1. This was beautiful! I don’t think I’ll ever look at the color green the same way!😊 spring is my absolute favorite time of the year when everything Comes back to life in all its beauty and glory!

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