Often new life is not without struggle. A few years ago dedicated volunteers planted daffodils along two sides of the Centre for the Arts property. For each gorgeous bloom in that parade of yellow, a bulb was buried in the soil. It drew moisture and nutrients from the earth until conditions were right to produce a shoot that would grow up into the light, develop a green stem, leaves, a bud and finally a flower.
The dark time when no progress can be seen is a crucial part of the process. Our dark times may be ones of uncertainty. Coping with unexpected changes or with unknown factors that will affect our circumstances is difficult. En route to the achievement of a goal there may be a long stretch of hard work with no significant results. Whatever we face, the period prior to stepping out into the sunlight of the desired outcome cannot be sidestepped any more than the bulb can bypass winter.
Hope through times of darkness is like the core life of the flower hidden in the bulb. While hope is alive within us it can sprout and grow until we are encouraged and motivated to persevere. The Apostle Paul spoke of hoping for what we do not see. (Romans 8:25) In Romans 15:13 he said, "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (NKJV) Spring is a season of hope. The amazing new life and beauty of nature delight and inspire us to press forward.