At this moment, much of the United States is expressing a collective longing for spring. Winter’s cold and icy fingers have held on too long.
Snow, turning black from dirt and car exhaust, is piled up on the sides of roads. The stubborn patches of ice continue to make walking treacherous. And even in those places not covered in winter weather, sweaters still outnumber shorts.
While C.S. Lewis wrote that autumn was his favorite season and used the demon Screwtape to express how the changing of seasons is a gift from God, his most famous writing about seasons, however, speaks to our current and eternal situation with spring and winter.
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Narnia has been covered in snow and ice for years as the White Witch has falsely claimed the throne.
Mr. Tumnus the Faun uttered what may be the most horrifying words a child could ever read, “It is she that makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!”
We can think of it. We can think of right now—when the calendar turns to March, but the cold weather hangs on. We can imagine a perpetual cold snap and we want no part of it. We want spring.
While Mr. Tumnus knew nothing but winter without Christmas, others in Narnia knew the cold would come to an end at some point.
Mr. and Mrs. Beaver relay the Golden Age Prophecy to Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie:
Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
We are ready for Aslan to be on the move and preferably to eat that groundhog who predicted six more weeks of winter as he goes.
But it’s more than just spring we want. It’s all that it symbolizes. Color. Warmth. Growth. New life.
The moment we see that first blossom on the otherwise dead tree or green flower stalk burst through the cold ground, we know that something is happening. Change is coming.
I do not believe it is an accident that Easter takes place in spring. And not only because it is the prophetic realization of Passover, but also because it is the ultimate realization of spring. Easter is the uncontainable and eternal spring.
While spring will give way to summer and summer to autumn and winter, the transformative power of the resurrection stretches from warm sun and cool grass to gray skies and dead leaves. Nothing can hold it back.
The second half of the Narnia prophecy gives the final result of spring.
When Adam’s flesh and Adam’s bone,
Sits at Cair Paravel in throne,
The evil time will be over and done.
For the Narnians, spring signaled the end of the White Witch’s reign and the inauguration of the true kings and queens.
In our world, we can see spring in the same way. The false ruler of this world held us captive under the sway of sin and the curse of death, until life sprang out from the cold rock tomb.
Much like winter, he is doing all that he can do to hold on, but his end is inevitable. As the fingers of ice recede in the face of springtime, we can imagine Satan losing his grip over this world.
All that we long for in spring will be realized in perfection when Christ returns and redeems all of creation, including this Earth.
I’m not sure what the weather or seasons will look like in the new Earth. Maybe, we can enjoy whatever season we like at any time. Maybe, different places will have all best things about each time of year.
One thing I do know is that we will no longer have to long for winter to fade away and for spring to arrive, all that we want from the seasonal change we will have perfectly with Christ in His redeemed creation.
For now, we still look forward to spring knowing that one day it will be perfectly complete. That day may be soon than we think, after all, “they say, Aslan is on the move.”