A Fragrance of Hope
by Dianne Barker
Spring has always been my favorite season of the year. We residents of Tennessee experience four distinct seasons. After a frigid, snowy winter, spring brings new life—blossoms everywhere and the scent of hyacinth.
And that brings memories of childhood days when the neighborhood kids gathered at the home of a friend to wait for the school bus. His mom had planted hyacinths. I loved seeing them burst into bloom, their fragrance and colorful display proclaiming the entrance of spring.
Older now, I appreciate more than ever all that this season embraces. A new beginning! A fresh start! A fragrance of hope!
Life’s journey may have taken us through a bleak, cold winter season—dreary days when hope stretched thin. But spring brings sunshine that casts optimism over our circumstances, and fresh hope sends us forward, determined to pick up the scattered fragments and try again.
There’s a picture in my mind of the burial garden on Resurrection Sunday. After the gloom of Crucifixion Friday, followers of Jesus arrived at the tomb to find it empty. Surely sunshine and the fragrance of flowers bathed the scene as an angel proclaimed, “He is risen!”
The best news ever! Because Christ arose and lives today, we can have a new beginning…a fresh start…a fragrance of hope!
We needn’t linger in yesterday’s shadows. Remaining there, rehearsing our failures, is an insult to our Lord.
His death and resurrection provided not only the path to forgiveness and eternal life but also the power to live an abundant life as we walk this earth.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, and Word Weavers International. Visit www.diannebarker.com.