Reflections by the Sea: Daffodils

Published 10:09 am Thursday, March 12, 2020

By Betsy Ore Glass

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

This week I opened my computer to see the news of the day and there it was . . . a beautiful photograph of daffodils! My first sign of spring had arrived! Standing tall in their bright yellow ruffles and their long trumpet shaped center, it reminded me that the season of winter is slowly passing and making way for the rebirth of spring. The passage of time from one season to another brings symbolism too. Several cultures attribute the daffodil with bringing hope. It reminds us of its faithfulness to return to its full glory every year. And they multiply too. Planting just a few this year will yield even more next year and the year after that. Drive by an old abandoned house in the country and you will find the daffodils standing proud. They are faithful.

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Can we do that too! God is infinite. We can tap into His hope and by His grace we can multiply His goodness to others and watch it grow. Each day we have the chance to make it better than the one before. Little kindnesses and encouragement are seeds we plant and soon there is a harvest of hope where none existed before. God can use us and He can multiply our efforts so that one little cluster of hope can become a field of faith.

Admire the spring daffodils with new appreciation. Harsh winters, warm winters, poor soil, no rain . . . but the daffodil is faithful to show up as it is expected to do. Let’s be inspired to keep God’s goodness, faith and hope alive in this new season unfolding before us. Let us show up and overflow with a new purpose in Him.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at betsyglass1@gmail.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.

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