After the long winter we have had it is great to see the crocus begin to emerge. They give us hope that spring is near. My grandmother had a saying that it had to snow on the crocus three times before spring came to stay. I can’t remember how many times the crocus has been snowed on this year, maybe once, but for a couple of days we are to have spring-like weather before the cold descends upon us again. It is as if Spring and Winter are in a fight over who shall remain.
Years ago I saw this picture of the crocus standing straight and tall in faith that it was time for Spring although the snow of Winter was not yet finished. It really spoke to me about having courage in times of adversity and believing that God’s blessings would appear even in the reality of today’s trial.
When the people of God were ready to cross the Jordan into the Promise Land the Lord told them, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6) The people were afraid because they had heard there were giants in the land and now they were being told by Moses, who had led them for the last forty years, that he was not going to lead them into the Promise Land. They were going to follow a new leader (Joshua). I can imagine the fear in their eyes when they saw the Jordan River at flood stage being worried about fighting giants and then having to trust in a new leader. Isn’t that how we evaluate our situations? Do we forget that our ultimate leader is God who is able to lead us to victory? I think we would like God to deliver us with a magic wand… “poof” all is well. The funny thing is that God wants us to participate in overcoming the adversity. How do we do that? Sometimes it is just to stand in faith (I Cor. 16:13) and allow Him to deliver us. Other times He is asking us to fight with Him, recognizing that, although we are weak in our human strength, He is strong. In our weakness as we submit to Him His strength can fill and strengthen our flesh so that we can overcome whatever is coming at us. (2 Cor. 12:10) But the most important faithful thoughts we should have are that we are not alone in this fight. Even the crocus comes up in clusters. We have brothers and sisters in Christ that we can reach out to for encouragement and prayer, but the most important person we need to believe is God when He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5, Deut. 31:6) When adversity comes, pray for crocus courage and have faith that our God will get us through victoriously. Happy Spring!