The most obvious reference about almond blossoms is the famous group of paintings made in 1888 and 1890 by Vincent Van Gogh. The blossoms represented awakening and hope for good reason. The famous artist had just become an uncle! His brother and sister-in-law named their little bundle of joy after Vincent. The paintings were done with great joy. It’s no accident that he used this subject. Almond blossoms are the first to appear and announce that spring has arrived.
There are also a couple of references in the Bible about almond blossoms. Keep in mind that in the mind of the artist, the blossoms represented awakening, hope and renewal. The parallel between the Biblical and the secular applications is astounding to me.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then said the LORD unto me, “You have seen well: for I am ready to perform My word.” – Jeremiah 1:11, 12.
Jeremiah was just a teen when God called him to be a prophet. He didn’t volunteer for the job, but he was faithful. He was known as the weeping prophet. God had a specific purpose for Jeremiah. He was a prophet during the reign of 5 different kings. But this was the beginning of the long road. This was the awakening, the renewal. Before Jeremiah spoke, he needed to see.
God doesn’t use visions to help us much anymore – or maybe I should say He hasn’t used visions or dreams to help me. But the beautiful almond blossoms helped the young weeping prophet learn the lessons he needed to learn at the beginning of his journey. What lesson is God teaching you right now? What is He using to help you learn the lesson? 🙂