These deep green shoots sprouting up out of grey and death. My yard---one day empty and void of life. The next moment they appear, whispering hope. They remind me that it will not always be dreary or dark. It will not always be grey and winter. Spring time will come.
I somehow forget, when the winter months are here, that deep within the soil of my garden there are bulbs that will push through. Beautiful, brightly colored tulips and daffodils lie dormant... quietly waiting to spring-out and shine forth radiance. Spring after Spring they surprise me!
In a few weeks time, we will see these tulips displayed. At the end of these lively green shoots---which press hard against the rot, the dead leaves, and the cold soil---there will be beauty. Heads held high they will rise up in worship and proclaim that winter is done! Indeed with their color and their stance they will shout "life"!
What are the wonderful things that God has planted deep within me that will push through this coming Spring? What has He planted in you through the years?
Stirred in me today is a hope of things to come. ...the love, the joy, the patience, the kindness, the gentleness... these seeds planted through pain of winter-months-past. What will Springtime bring in my life, I wonder.
I see deep green shoots of hope pushing through my soul. I see moments of laughter and joy that come more naturally. Trust that is found more quickly. I see patience that surprises me! These "flowers" are the budding life of God's Spirit living and working within my heart...
He is at work. He is faithful. He will keep working. And, birthing. And, watering. And, growing. And, leading. And, teaching. And, He will produce good fruit in my life. I can trust Him.
Even if, indeed, it will always surprise me!