The winter landscape is beautiful when you gaze on white, glistening snow. You experience God’s majesty as you view His creation.
Winter, however, also brings cold, rainy, dreary weather and you wonder if the sun will ever come out.
Both describe the winter season.
Sometimes our lives feel the same way. We can have glorious highs with the Lord but also deep valleys.
When I walk in our yard during January, at times I’ll see daffodils emerging if we’ve had an unusual warm spell. Occasionally you can even see the flower buds.
Daffodils are extremely resilient. They survive frigid temperatures without any injury to the bulbs. For me, daffodils proclaim the promise of spring because they always bloom no matter how many storms they’ve endured.
The “promise of spring” is also crucial in our spiritual lives.
Like daffodils, Bible scholars say there are more than 8,000 promises in the Bible.
First and foremost we are saved by His grace.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph. 2:4-5)
We have the promise that He will never leave us.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:8)
We have the promise of rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mat.11:28)
We have the promise of receiving His wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
We have the promise of peace.
“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” (Ps. 29:11)
Whether you are currently in a season of enjoying the Lord’s mountain tops or feel like you are in the “valley of the shadow of death,” remember the daffodils. They are a promise that spring will eventually come – in God’s timing.
Just as the daffodils herald spring with their cheerful yellow flowers, so are the promises of God. If we plant them deep in our hearts, the kingdom of God will bloom and flourish throughout our lives.
My heart says, “Hurry spring!”
Dear Marianne: No matter how often we read of the Lord’s promises, or read them in Scripture with our very own eyes, when someone else (thank you!) points out the daffodil(ian) proof of promises, it is just what we/I need. Thank you.
Marianne, you have a special gift for sharing God’s heart on paper!
My heart also says, “Hurry spring!” 🌼💐🌺🌾🌷🌻
Very nice!! Thank you!
Thank you Marianne, another word in due season.