01/09/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Today is the first official day of spring. As we talked about, a few days ago [here] there are signs of spring all around us. One of those signs is the appearance of the “bulbs”…the daffs and the freesias. Such a happy burst of colour breaking through the rain and dullness.
At the base of this stumbled-upon tree is a ring of freesias, loving planted – months before – by a caring person who could only hope that one day the flowers would appear at their appointed time. And they have.
Spring itself brings a sense of hope, and newness and promise. With that in mind, look again at the picture of the tree – leafless, empty, cold, weathered. Unable to provide shelter. Exposed. And, yet, there is a promise of hope at the root. Hope that the warmer weather is just around the corner and that new growth will come again soon.
This juxtaposition of nature reminds me of life and hope and faith. That no matter if life or circumstances bleak, or empty, that God gives us hope of a brighter day, just around the corner should we choose to look for it and reach out to Him.