Monday, March 21, 2011

A Glimmer of Hope After the Long Winter

Today, I decided to walk outside for some fresh air after cooking our dinner. I only had a few minutes as my daughter, Rachel was setting the table and dishing up the food. Not so many weeks ago, I only went outdoors if I had to. Helping fill the wood furnace, collecting the mail, or getting into our truck when we had to go somewhere. It was just too cold and most of the time, too icy and snowy to warrant a nice little stroll on the property. Not only that, but our family has experienced weeks of sickness. First, it was a nasty cold virus that swept through the family and then, there was last week. All but one of us suffered a terrible stomach virus. One by one, we came down with it. We had to put off our studies again. My husband had to cancel a brief business trip. I have had morning sickness for weeks in addition, so this new virus was not a welcome guest.

As I walked to the front of the house, I noticed that my spring bulbs were up, but that was not all. Under the dead weeds and brush from last year was one daffodil in full bloom. One beautiful, yellow and unassuming flower that seemed to be smiling at me. Unexpectedly, I began to cry. I thanked the Lord for this little gift, this glimmer of hope. "Lord, it's been a very long winter. Thank You that it's over."

I began to ponder how our lives are very much like this long winter that we just came through. Life is full of hardship, sickness and sorrow. God is always with us, providing for us, giving us His strength each day, but there are many times that seem to be filled with despair and uncertainty. It's at those times, we need to look under the dead weeds and the brush to find that there's a yellow flower, reminding us of the hope that is yet to come. I am thankful that we are just strangers here. There is something far better awaiting us. We have a hope in Christ that is brighter and more glorious than that little flower I saw today. As we go through our days, learning to love Jesus, loving our families, teaching our children, and serving our neighbors, let us not forget this hope. One day, that little yellow flower will not be alone. We will find that we are surrounded by a garden of color. Oh, how I long for that day.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly, we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." II Corinthians 4:16-18

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