Magnolia Buds in Winter. Photo by Pitsch on Pixabay

It can be hard to hold on to hope when winter is coming, can’t it?

The trees and shrubs seem barren of any evidence that life will ever reemerge. It can be rather depressing.

But if you look closely at certain plants during winter, you’ll see something exciting:

Flower buds!

Yes, some plants, such as magnolias, actually set their flower buds for next year during the previous growing season. You can see these buds on the branches all winter long.

In the case of magnolias, the buds are encased in a hairy protective scale to insulate them from the cold, almost like a silvery fur coat. When the time is right the next spring, the flowers are all ready to burst open into glorious bloom.

Isn’t it encouraging to know that the promise of next year’s flowers is already there during the bleak winter?

In the same way, the seeds of your comeback are forming deep within you.

Even if you’re going through a barren season right now, God is already putting in place the ingredients that will cause you to blossom when the time is right.

Oftentimes, we can’t see the potential for change in our lives. We feel like we’re stuck in a rut, and new growth seems unlikely, if not impossible.

But we should never discount God’s power to transform our situations. He can make a way where there seems to be no way. Our God is in the restoration business!

That’s why we shouldn’t be too hasty to give up on our situations. God is at work in us even when we can’t see anything happening.

With magnolia trees, the buds for next year’s flowers are being formed all summer. But we don’t notice them, because they’re hidden by the leaves.

In fall and winter, the buds are dormant. But they’re not dead. The flowers that the buds will become are already formed, although at an early stage. The energy that the leaves harvested from summer’s sunlight is waiting in the buds like a coiled spring. At just the right time, it will cause them to unfurl into gorgeous blossoms.

Magnolia Blossoms in Spring. Photo by stux on Pixabay

Similarly, God has a set time for your restoration. He has the elements needed already in place, even if you can’t see them. Things may seem dormant in your life, but the buds of your transformation are just waiting for God to give them the go-ahead. At God’s appointed time, you’ll burst forth into a new season of growth and fruitfulness.

We should keep a trusting heart, even when we’re going through challenging times. Like with magnolias, if we give up too early and prune branches in our lives that seem dead to us, we might inadvertently be cutting off next year’s flowers and growth. Give God some more time!

So let’s hold on to hope. The seeds of your comeback are already being formed by your loving Heavenly Father. Your dark and bleak season will be transformed into an abundant spring!

As Bill and Gloria Gaither put it in their song, “Joy Comes in the Morning”:

“Hold on my child, Joy comes in the morning.
Weeping only lasts for the night.
Hold on my child, Joy comes in the morning.
The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight.”

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 NKJV)

© 2020 Lori J. Cartmell. All rights reserved.

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