“Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death, but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.” Edward Payson Rod
When I hear the words, “it is well with my soul,” not only does that apply to my relationship in Christ, but also how I feel when spring returns to the earth. Right now we are in the midst of a cold spell, but if you look around, you will see that the ground is beginning to give up her color.
As you know, I’m a nature photographer. Last weekend I was able to enjoy some time with my best friend as we walked through a beautiful recreational area near her home. I discovered a lot of new flowers and rejoiced in the time I got to spend outside with her and God. It was most definitely an, “it is well with my soul” moment.
Several of the flowers we found were in spots somewhat difficult to get to. I had to climb the hillside to photograph the Dutchman’s Breeches, and we maneuvered around and through a large mud hole to see Lily of the Valley.
Every year when I begin searching for wildflowers, I never know what I’m going to find. Sure, I find a lot of the same flowers blooming each year, but there’s always the excitement of discovering that one flower; the chance to photograph one I’ve never seen before, even if it means climbing up, or walking through.
After returning home from visiting my friend, she went to another hiking area to look for flowers on her own. That afternoon my phone beeped with a photo she sent me of a red trillium. She said she almost overlooked it because it was hiding behind a fallen tree. Her words that captioned the photo have stuck with me since. She said, “God always knows right where you are, even if others can’t see you. He knows.”
How very true that is. No matter what we are going through, and no matter how tough life currently is, God knows exactly what we are facing. He knows where we are, and how bad we’re hurting. He understands when our heart just isn’t in it. He understands when we want to hide away, when facing the pain seems too hard. But even though He has to walk uphill to find us, or wade through all the mud and mire, He is going to do so. He will find some way to speak to us. He will discover a way to find us that no one else is capable of doing.
The awakening of the wildflowers
In my life, God uses the awakening of the wildflowers to reach me. I believe that He personally paints the color onto each bloom, and in doing so, awakens my soul, restores my spirit, and gives me hope that death will never be a permanent fixture in my life. That someday, just like the wildflowers, He will restore everything back to life.
Oh how wonderful it is to have a God like that. To have the comfort in knowing He knows every intimate detail of our lives. He knows right where we are, even when we feel like no one else does. He knows. I pray that you spend this week viewing your surroundings with new eyes. Search for the things He is using to reach you. Look for all the ways He is speaking just to you. May every moment be a moment that is reserved just for you and Him.
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Photo © 2016 Salina T Gibson
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