Our yard is full of Irises, fruit tree blossoms, Zinnias, Star Jasmine and Honeysuckle. Even our Sweet Peas are blooming. Birds rest in the shade of the tree branches above our patio. Sweet Peas push toward the light, tendrils stretching for the trellis waiting their arrival. The new life growing around me began as a tiny seed buried deep in the dark earth. All of it speaks of hope.

            There were many times in my life when I lost hope and wandered in discouragement and fear.Yet God was doing a new thing in the midst of the darkness. God was growing new life. Last month I shared a photo of the tiny plant that suddenly appeared in my Grandma Garden. The (assumed) dead plant I tossed into the pile of soil many months ago actually bloomed! I didn’t expect the new growth that popped up out of the ground during Easter week. I certainly didn’t expect the lovely splash of color it presented yesterday.

            We may never know what God is doing in the midst of our darkness and pain. We really don’t need the details, as hard as that may be to accept. We just need to trust in faith that God has a plan for us, a plan for good and not for evil. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

            I pray you are encouraged by this bright bloom. If you are struggling personally, hold firm to God’s promises. Don’t give up. God wants you to have life and have it to the full. God wants you to bloom!



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