Almond trees dot the mountains of Cyprus. They are one of the first signs of rebirth in spring. It happens so quickly. The barren branches of winter become laden with pale pink, delicate flowers practically overnight.
The blossoms are a happy reminder of the miracle of spring and new life on the earth after the winter season. In Exodus 25, almond blossoms were carved on the menorah or lamp stand; and in Numbers 17, Aaron’s rod budded, blossomed, and gave almonds overnight.
The almond blossom is a manifestation of the presence of God. It is a symbol of the springing forth of His kingdom and a recurring sign of God’s ability to restore and renew.
When the almond branches are bursting with delicate, pale pink blossoms, God is breathing new hope into his sons and daughters once again.
“Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:11-12).