Happy May Day! What’s that? Allow this definition to help: “May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1. It is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities.” And, when we’re talking dances, a traditional maypole (see pic above) is in order. We grab streamers and carry them, celebration all that spring is. Cake? Well, I’m still holding out for that.
Spring is a great reason to celebrate. God has hard-wired creation to show forth his beauty as the seasons change. Spring speaks of new life. Growth. What we thought was dead stuff ends up coming out of the ground. Here in Kansas, May Day 2018 brings the humid smell of rain in the air. We are drought-stricken area. We could do with a good dousing of rain.
And, with that rain comes the threat of severe weather. Hail, strong winds, tornadoes. Even in the midst of a seemingly good celebration, creation is groaning, longing for redemption. So, as we celebrate May Day and approaching storms, it’s a great time to ask where you go for peace?
Jesus’ disciples were experienced fisherman who were once caught on a boat with Jesus in the middle of a storm. They were really scared. Jesus was asleep. They woke Him up, questioning His motives, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re perishing.” Jesus rebuked the storm: “Peace. Be still.” The storm stopped and Jesus asked, “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?” And, His disciples wondered to themselves, “Who is this, that even the wind and waves obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41)
This May Day, whether your heart is celebrating life to the full or wondering what storms may come your way, we can all run to Jesus. He is the Son of Man, the Son of God, worthy of our worship and praise. Allow May Day adoration of Him.