Almonds blossoming is a theme that has been on my mind and heart for several years. I wrote it in my notebook of titles. I put it in a book of future story ideas. I jotted it down on a note card in my Bible. It just kept coming up. And this is why.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.
Chapter 12, verse 5, reads like this:
Also they are afraid of height, and of terrors in the way;
When the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper is a burden,
And desire fails. For a man goes to his eternal home,
And the mourners go about the streets.
This made no sense to me, so I did a little research. (One of my favorite things to do, actually. :P) This is what I discovered: Almonds are a big deal to God. The almond tree, plentiful in Israel, blossoms in very early March and before any other tree. It also bears fruit first.
The tree is known as “the watcher”, a harbinger of spring. When the almond blossomed, you knew spring was on its way. God often used the almond as an assurance that He would perform His word. The short span between the almond blossoming and bearing fruit is used to show that God will not wait long to bring His promises to pass.
Jeremiah 1:11, 12:
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
In Ecclesiastes, though, the almond blossoming is used to signify how short man’s life is. We are encouraged to remember that we should be wakeful and hasten to make use of the time we have now because it won’t last long.
For me, this had especial significance. As a young person who is still learning so much about who I am and what I should be doing with my life right now to best fulfill my purpose of glorifying God, I often need to be reminded that I don’t have all the time in the world. I, and I would encourage you as well, need to make the best use of the time I have now. The time God had given us is short. We won’t be young forever and right now we have so much energy and passion and time! We have few outside responsibilities and so many chances!
I so often need to be reminded that God will fulfill His promises to me. He will hasten to do what He said He would. He has given me purpose and I know it won’t be long before He answers.
So, remember, when almonds blossom, there is little time left before our time here is over and God fulfills His promise. And that is truly awesome!!
© When Almonds Blossom 2017