Why do tulips make us smile? Maybe it’s not only because of their delicate beauty but also because they are the first flower of Spring. Tulips bloom, winter is past. The browns and grays and whites of winter have been chased away by these bearers of vivid color.
I think of tulips as flowers of hope, flowers that have conquered. Not all flowers grow on stems newly pushed up through the dirt. Roses bloom on thorny stems that have stood dormant during the colder months. Bush flowers like hibiscus burst out of green hedges. Trees decorate themselves with fragrant magnolias. But tulips — they grow from bulbs that are planted in the dark soil during the cool season and there they stay, unseen, until Spring comes. Then they break through and announce that the days of new life are here again. Long forgotten through the darker days, they poke up and all of a sudden gardens are graced with brilliant reds, deep purples, tender pinks. What we saw all winter as a dead patch out in the wind and weather is now alive with celebration.
Any particular hour or day or season of our lives we may find ourselves in a dark place. It may seem we are buried by our cares. This Spring, we can look at the tulips and remember their message of hope. Our eyes and our souls can feast on the fragile flowers that have overcome the packed, once-frozen dirt.
How about you? Is your world today in need of some color? Is the celebration still to come, or is your life full of brilliant blooms you can share with us?