Every year I anticipate this moment, and, although we are still in the month January, the moment had arrived–my first daffodil sighting. Though they usually herald the coming of spring, a warmer than usual December with temperatures in the mid-seventies had prompted their early arrival. Their cheery bright yellow color brings such relief to the otherwise drab landscape of winter–like a ray of sunshine. They are a symbol of the life that returns to earth with the coming of spring. Flowers will soon adorn the landscape with a rainbow of colors. The trees will once again be dressed in leaves of green providing shade for the warm weather to come. And, of course, the grass will again grow–excited about the color, but not the mowing!
These spots of sunshine that sporadically burst from the earth are “proof of life” in the otherwise drab surroundings. Do you ever feel like you need that in your day to day living–“proof of life”? Tasks become mundane and joy seems a fleeting option. We don’t expect things to get better. We just hope they don’t get worse. We’ve come dangerously close to allowing the world and Satan suck the life out of us. Impossible, however, if you are a child of God! Please allow me to offer you a measure of hope! In John 10:10 Jesus says,”The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Double take! Proof not just of life but a full, blessed one! “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ His son.”(Romans 6:23) Proof not just of life but eternal life! If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you–proof of life .”And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him or knows him. But you know him for he lives with you and will be with you.”(John 14: 15:17)
Believing in Jesus is believing in life and experiencing life to the fullest every day. Even when we go through seasons that look much like the dreariness and death that accompany the landscape of winter, there is life! Our being screams of life–life given for us, life of the Holy Spirit within us, and eternal life to come! With that in mind, are you ready be someone’s first daffodil sighting in a world full of darkness. If we truly chose to live what we believe, then we have no choice but to radiate that bright as sunlight yellow in our daily walk and light the way for others to know this truth, to have this hope. Now go– bloom! To God Be the Glory!