God Teaches Resilience in Tulips

One day, I would like to go see the historic tulip fields of Holland. Until then, I guess I’ll just have to keep planting them at my own house.

Not having the greatest green thumb, I am glad they come up year after year all on their own. No special fertilizer or tending needed. They’re one of the first signs of spring. So brave to be first, even if they later get covered in a late snow.

They sound pretty hardy and resilient.

Maybe we can learn from them.

Recently, I was reminded how resilient faith keeps us pressing on, knowing there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even when we can’t see it yet. I felt this as I read Psalm 117, a psalm written right after the nation of Israel was freed from enemy captivity. The psalmist hadn’t lost faith; he knew deliverance would happen sometime. In fact in his deliverance he said, “Praise the Lord for his faithfulness endures forever”.  

Kind of like when we thought winter was over and then we get hit with a series of Nor’easters . . . . Winter is a good example of holding out hope that spring is right around the corner . . . some corner, sometime . . . .

Resilient faith grounds not only our souls, but every aspect of our lives.

Boy! am I excited to get outside, smell that potting soil and feel that sunshine! But I’m going to remember the God who keeps my tulips popping up, will keep me rooted and pressing on in the season ahead.