As I write, it is 1st March 2018, storm 'Emma' is buffeting the British Isles, the temperature is -4oC and it is snowing! This is nobody's idea of spring - and yet today is (meteorologically) the first day of the new season. On Gardeners' Question Time earlier this week a listener called in to ask what would happen to the snowdrops already flowering in her garden during the expected big freeze. The answer was that the snowdrops would be absolutely fine! Apparently, as soon as the temperature falls below -4 oC, the flowers close up and the plants flop onto the earth. Once the snow has gone and the temperature begins to rise, the snowdrops spring up anew. The unseasonably cold weather may delay the flowering of our garden bulbs but it can't stop spring altogether.
That image of the snowdrops lying down, resting beneath the snow but ready to stand back up to attention when the earth begins to thaw speaks to me of emotional resilience. Sometimes life batters us with storms, but we don't have to be destroyed by them. We can lie low for a bit and then, when the conditions are right, we can stand back up and turn our faces towards the sunlight.
In one of King David's songs he writes:
Glorify the Lord with me:
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalm 34, verses 3-6
God's people are to praise the Lord at all times; to look to him when troubles surround us and we are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Like the snowdrops beneath the drifts, we will, in time, be restored to radiance as we reflect the glory of the Lord.
If you are seeking God, do join us at BBC one Sunday morning. No matter how battered or anxious you feel, you will fit right in with the rest of us as we worship Jesus, listen to God's word and pray together for ourselves and others.
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