“My beloved responded and said to me,
‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along.
11 ‘For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
12 ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
13 ‘The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along!'”
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
This passage expresses to us (as we are the bride of Christ) in such poetic and loving language (of a husband and wife), how God desires to spend time with us and to enjoy the time together. He wants to show us His beauty, and also, all the beautiful things He has made for us—the flowers and the blossoms and their wonderful fragrance.
When I go out on my nature walks I always enjoy the time, and I get a pleasant sense that He is near me and that all I see around me He has given me (and to us all) to enjoy.
A couple days ago I went out and noticed that, though most of the trees still looked bare, there were very tiny buds beginning to appear. Walking further I noticed a scraggly tree that was quite green. When I got closer I saw these delightful, fuzzy, soft buds that looked like green caterpillars. What a wonderful sight. They are Early Spring Willow Tree buds.