Today, I marvel at the abundance of God in answering prayer. As some of you may recall, I posted several days ago about a weather-beaten daffodil, and how I sensed that it represented how I was feeling.
The previous day, I’d asked the Lord to give me a sign from nature that would give me hope that things were going to get better. Admittedly, the bent-over daffodil wasn’t quite the inspiring image that I was going for at the time!
Then, much to my amazement, the beaten/up daffodil underwent a radical transformation this past Sunday. Seeing such a remarkable change in such a short period of time filled me with hope.
Since that time, I have kept my eye on the daffodil. I must say that I have been delighted with God’s generosity in His creation! Allow me to explain:
Just a few days ago, there was only one rather sad-looking looking daffodil in my photo. Today, there were several robust flowers in plain view. However, what my camera wasn’t able to capture was the veritable explosion of daffodil blossoms all across my mother’s yard! I kid you not – there were daffodils as far as the eye could see, and they were all in full bloom. Truly, the yard was nearly overflowing with daffodils.
So I’m thankful today for the abundance of God. Understand that I don’t mean it in a “name it and claim it” prosperity gospel sort of way (that is, I don’t interpret these events to mean that God’s going to pour out untold riches into my life or anything), but just that He heard me, and He elected to answer my prayer in a clear, generous, and visible way. I wish all of my prayers were answered in such an obvious fashion!
Still, I am very grateful for the daffodils. Whenever I have a chance to stop by my mother’s house, I check on the flowers and see how they are doing. Each time I do this, day seem to be getting better and stronger. However, I know that a storm is coming in soon, so the strength of the daffodil stems will be tested once again. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on how the little flowers are doing.
In the meantime, I thought you might be interested to behold the transformation once again. Understand that this change has occurred in less than a week’s time:
Last Friday night
Last Sunday afternoon
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for keeping an eye on the daffodils, and for keeping them safe. I know that if You are looking out for them, then I can trust that You are looking out for me as well.
Thank You also for answering my send-me-a-sign-in-nature-that-gives-me-hope prayer in such a clear and generous way, and for giving me a sense of optimism about the future, even when my path forward seems so uncertain. In Your name I pray, Amen.