So far so good. But, as is often the case with Edwards, there’s more. Edwards extends typology to the natural world: “EXTERNAL THINGS are intended to be IMAGES of things spiritual, moral and divine.” He sees an immediate, timeless system of types displayed in the natural world. “The Book of Scripture is the interpreter of the book of nature in two ways. . . by declaring to us those spiritual mysteries that are indeed signified or typified in the constitution of the natural world; and secondly, in actually making application of the signs and types in the book of nature as representations of those spiritual mysteries.”
In other words, according to Scripture the Spirit of God is found using the process of analogy and correspondence throughout the entire created universe. So, some types are temporal, some are timeless. Some are historical, some are eternal.
Whether one completely agrees with Edwards' typological system or not, the advent of spring is good time to see the world through Edwards' eyes.
155. The spring season is spoken of in Scripture as representing a season of the outpouring of the Spirit of God.
212. The immense magnificence of the visible world, its inconceivable vastness, the incomprehensible height of the heavens, etc. is but a type of the infinite magnificence, height and glory of God’s work in the spiritual world: the most incomprehensible expression of his power, wisdom, holiness and love, in what is wrought and brought to pass in that world; and in the exceeding greatness of the moral and natural good, the light, knowledge, holiness and happiness which shall be communicated to it.
28. As thunder, and thunder clouds, as they are vulgarly called, have a shadow of the majesty of God, so the blue sky, the green fields and trees, and pleasant flowers have a shadow of the mild attributes of goodness, grace and love of God, as well as the beauteous rainbow.
33. The extreme fierceness and extraordinary power of the heat of lightning is an intimation of the exceeding power and terribleness of the wrath of God.
40. The gradual vanishing of stars when the sun approaches is a type [of] the gradual vanishing of Jewish ordinances as the Gospel dispensation was introduced.
50. The rising and setting of the sun is a type of the death and resurrection of Christ.
93. Blue, that is, the color of the sky, fades not, intimating that the beauty and luster of heavenly things is unfading.
111. The morning of the day and the spring of the year are remarkable types of the commencement of the glorious times of the church.
137. When we first get up in the morning, we rake open and kindle up the fire. So Christians, when they awake out of a spiritual sleep, re-enkindle their graces.
2. A great RIVER, with its various branches, represents the course of divine providence; thus Christ, when he appeared as the Lord and superintendent of the course of things in providence, is represented in Daniel once and again as standing in the river Hiddekel [Dan. 10].
208. Our BREATH to support life is a representation of our dependence on the Spirit of God for spiritual life.
All quotations are taken from Typological Writings, Vol. 11 of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, edited by Wallace E. Anderson, Mason I. Lowance, Jr., and David Watters (New Haven: Yale, 1993).