Time to Plant Bulbs, Time to Reflect on Redemption
Have you ever noticed how ugly daffodil bulbs are? I planted some recently. Every single one looked dried out and ready for the trash can. Even the root system looked like something I’d sweep into a dustpan. It’s hard to believe that I will have any green shoots in the spring. It’s even harder to believe that those green shoots will reach up to touch the sunlight of those first warm days of spring and unfold into little yellow cups and saucers.
There are days when I feel more like a daffodil bulb than a daffodil flower. There are days when my best efforts look like something God might sweep up with a broom and dustpan and toss in the trash.
But God is the ultimate gardener. He sees the potential in every life. He knows that, down deep inside, there is a flower just waiting to emerge. He knows that the attention He gives us now – on a cool November afternoon when the hours of daylight are dwindling – that attention will yield something beautiful when the Light of the Son touches us.
I’m ready to be a daffodil. I’m ready to break out of the bulb. I’m tired of being dormant. Of waiting.
But I am not in charge of timing. That’s God’s business. I am only called to submit to the Gardener’s hands, to accept the soil that covers me and teaches me a lesson in humility and patience, and then to awaken with the first rays of springtime.
In that moment, it will be difficult to remember the cold of November, the bleak days of December, the relentless snows of January, and the lingering remnants of February’s winter.
Then, God willing, I will flower.
All the potential that He has placed within me will be actualized. And my greatest hope, my deepest longing, that thing that drives me some days and quiets me other days, that one thing I long to do . . . to cause someone to pause as Wordsworth did and acknowledge the Creator through the simple gift of the created . . . that will happen!