Can’t Carry On?

Crocus in snow, yellowThese pretty crocuses have been blooming in my back yard for over a week. They came up when the snow melted and the ground warmed up a little in the sun. As we all know, the snow returned several times this week and, unfortunately, buried these flowers. But a few days later they poked right back up out of the snow. It’s as if they’re saying, “We’re going to bloom no matter what happens!”

God has built into nature a tremendous resiliency. Tough things can happen, but the colour and beauty of the world resumes anyway. Don’t you think there’s something important to learn from this? Surely human beings, who have been created in the likeness of God, should be able to get up and try again when they have been knocked down by life’s troubles. Now I’m not naive; I know that some troubles can be devastating and overwhelming. I don’t know how some people manage to survive. But I know what Jesus said about survival.

He said it in John 16:33. “These things I have spoken to you, than in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” When you follow a man who went through death and Hades and then rose again, you have a power at work in your life that can make you stand. The snows of life will bury you once in a while, but you can still get up and bloom.

– Tim Johnson