what does hope look like?…


01/09/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

hopeI was out walking our dog and came across this tree (pictured). Have you ever wondered what “hope” looks like? I think it looks just like this.

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.

fresiasSpring 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.


2 thoughts on “what does hope look like?…

  1. Anonymous says:

    hope is when you love some body and we need that in are life for ever and ever

    • Sarah says:

      Life without hope is nothing. I imagine a life without love would be an incredibly sad and selfish existence.
      Thanks for your comment!

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