In northern climates, a winter landscape can be hard and bleak. The ground is unyielding, devoid of vegetation. Summer is a hazy memory and the ground is hungry for the sun’s warming caress.
People can feel trapped in winter, too. A betrayal by a family member left me hurt and defeated. My initial response was to isolate myself rather than risk being vulnerable. I hardened my heart against the possibility of being hurt again.
The psalmist understood what it was like to be under attack as he cried out to God. All he had were memories of times when he joyfully worshipped, before his enemies oppressed him on every side. In spite of his despair, however, he knew where to place his hope. “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him…”
But through hardened, snow-covered ground, when least expected, a crocus blooms.
Our heavenly Father is our hope. When circumstances work against us, when those closest to us let us down—in all these situations and more, we look to Him as the One who upholds us and plans a future filled with joyous hope.
If we’re patient, we’ll soon see that single crocus surrounded by vivid flowers and we’ll know that once again, summer has come.
Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Precepts founder Kay Arthur and will be released by Revell Books October, 2013. Ava is also co-author of Faith Basics for Kids. The first two books in the series are Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? (Standard Pub.).
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