Yesterday, out in our dog kennel, a blossom appeared on a lilac shrub. The lilac and all the other plants and trees on our property have bare limbs. Spring is still weeks away. In our 20 years living here, we have never seen this happen before to have the leaves of our lilac suddenly appear overnight in full bloom.
Each day, as I study the Scriptures and try to interpret the events transpiring in our world to bring an understanding of what is happening and to offer direction for those who read what I write, it’s too easy to forget that God can bring a sudden and unexpected turn of events that will dramatically change the direction of our lives and the course of human history. In the middle of what is being interpreted by many as an eventual and unstoppable slide into global despair, loss, and hopelessness, the Lord is able to bloom the appearance of hope when hope no longer seems possible. Like it is with a lilac, when His presence fully blossoms, it will offer a fragrance of resurrection life that will displace the stench of our fear and hopelessness.
Something is beginning to bloom in our world that will surprise us with the appearance of God’s goodness and protection. As you look at the bare branches in your life, our nation, and the world, each bare branch is a place where an unexpected fulfillment of God’s promises is getting ready to bloom. Never lose hope, no matter what you see or hear. A blossoming event is about to take place, and when it happens, our hearts will fill with joy and expectation, knowing that springtime in the Spirit has arrived.
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Garris Elkins
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