Whenever faced with a difficult season of life, it is good to start planning ahead for something in the future as a way of relief or light at the end of a tunnel. Whether it be a trip, an outing or some fun activity, it is a way to help us muddle through whatever situation we currently find ourselves.
Gardening has been a way that I have found hope for the future, especially during particularly dry spells. There is something exciting about seeing signs of life stirring in a dormant winter garden. New green shoots that protrude through the ground from crocus bulbs, Lenten roses or cheery yellow blossoms on forsythia bushes are often the first signs of spring that I spy in my garden during late January or February on warm winter days. It is always uplifting to my weary soul.
This year, I am more eager than usual to find the ever-comforting signs of spring to offer me hope for my current winter doldrums. I especially need a little boost of encouragement from my plant friends since my mother’s recent heart attack and health challenges.