Updated: Jun 9
The old saying “April showers bring May flowers” is traced to 16th century English poet, Thomas Tusser. Tusser wrote, “sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” If Tusser were to observe the Upstate today, he would sense validation of his statement. South Carolina's Upstate receives a tremendous amount of rain compared to most parts of the country. In fact, National Geographic named this region in the “Top 10” of “50 of the World's Last Great Places: Destinations of a Lifetime!” And, with an average rainfall of 75”-90” per year there is no doubt why such an incredible variation of flora and fauna reside here, and why this region attracts the great number of fowl and animal species that we have here too!
We know how Tusser put it, but how does Scripture articulate this special cycle of sustenance within creation? In Hosea 6:3, God's Word states, "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."
With warmer weather and a bountiful water source, spring is that beautiful time of year where God's creation comes roaring back to life! So get out the allergy meds, push through the penumbrae of pollen, and enjoy all that our beautiful Upstate has to offer!