God Thoughts on the Daffodil

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!  All around the old growth fir trees outside my kitchen window, lively yellow daffodils are in full, glorious bloom. They are truly an amazing flower – shaped like the sun,  with the center protruding forth like a trumpet – they seem to announce “Winter is past and Spring has sprung!”

Did you know that yellow is the color of ‘hope’? 

We have family members who live in California (where it’s mostly sunny year round) and in Michigan (where the year is divided into 2 basic seasons: a long cold snowy winter and a long hot sunny summer). But in Northwest Washington, I love the four distinct seasons. They have a message for us: This too shall pass! There is always hope for change!

When I was a new mother, I shared the journey with a dear friend I met in Lamaze. Cheryl and I would call each other on a hard day and encourage each other with the words, “This too shall pass!”

In my seventeen years as a Counselor of Christians in painful circumstances, I have absolutely embraced the truth that ‘There is always hope for change!’

Early in the fall of 1991 when my first marriage was ending in divorce, a God-thought peeked out through my numb heart, and I bought several hundred daffodil bulbs and planted them around my trees. That next Spring – deep in the grief of a devastating life change – they sprung up to promise me joy after mourning. And they have multiplied every year since.

Daffodils. Their sunny faces appear just as cold winter rains ebb away. They trumpet God’s heart and announce His promises will be fulfilled.

Go pick yourself a Daffodil – stare at it’s sunny face – and ponder God’s thoughts for you…

Song of Songs 2:10-11 For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. {AMP}

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. {NIV}

Isaiah 61:11 For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word]. {AMP}

Which of God’s promises are being freshly proclaimed in your life as a new season springs forth all around?