Blossoms of Joy in January
"Wilderness and desert will sing joyously,
the badlands will celebrate and flower--
Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom,
a symphony of song and color.
Mountain glories of Lebanon--a gift,
Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon--gifts.
God's resplendent glory, fully on display,
God awesome, God majestic.
(Isaiah 35:1-2 The Message)
The days of January drag on for me. Filled with cold, wind, ice and snow, I long for warmer days, sunshine and soft breezes. I always get a little down in these winter months and the dreariness of recent days has not helped. On a recent trip to the store, I saw some lovely blooms and they called to me to take them home and arrange them in a pretty vase. The blossoms cheer me and give me hope that winter is not forever. Like the winters of our lives, the days of frigid snow and icy blasts will pass. Sunshine and warmth will come again. The dry deserts will burst forth and flower. I realize in my wilderness journey of winter....of life.....that there can be no spring without winter, no blossoming without decay.....no sunshine without clouds. There is joy to be found, even in the dark times, if I but look for it. Blossoms in January remind me of that.