Weeping is but for the night, but joy comes in the morning

phot winter and daffodils Asheville

Earth, teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

William Alexander

Just when all appears to be dead or dying, daffodils pop up, as if out of nowhere, to proclaim, there just may be surprise and life ahead.

The Unstoppable Power of Returning Spring

God masterfully transcribed lessons and insights of life into the very warp and woof of His creation. Spring, summer, winter and fall cast the pulse of life as we experience it.

A time to bloom, to grow full blown, to harvest and then all dies, for a season. Until the cycle of life starts over again. But winter will not have the last word.

And so there are winters in our lives–times when it appears that everything is dead or dying. Cold, stormy weather beats at the windows of our hearts as well as the window pains of our rooms. As Jesus said, there will be times when the storms will burst against our house.

During this darkness of cold, there is a deepening of roots that will allow new and better growth, a putting off of the old leaves and wilted fruit to make way for the new. It is in the darkest of nights that wisdom is learned, perspective is given, humility clothes our soul.

Though in the middle of the night, as in the middle of winter, gloom flows over and the fog of despair rains hard on our hearts. However, this is not the end of our story.


His going forth is as certain as the dawn, and He will come to us like the spring rain watering the earth.

Hosea 6:8

Yet, even as the sun rises every day after the dark of night, so spring comes every year after the gloom of winter, when even though all appears to be dead, all the powers of the world, all the strength of darkness, cannot hold spring back.

Hyacinths in the spring Asheville

The power of returning spring is unstoppable,

as though God’s song refuses to be quieted.

It is a force so strong that it defies all other forces and life will indeed show its glory, its beauty  and strength, again.

Every year, when the darkness seems the longest, daffodils spring up first, even in what appears to be the dead of winter, as though ringing out the bells of the glory of the Life. Blooming “with all of their heart”, they proclaim, hope is coming, light is on its way!

A picture of resurrection life. Though all hope had been lost, and Jesus was brutally killed, wounded beyond recognition. Those who appeared as the teachers were instead false prophets, seeking to  grab for themselves,  in their love for power, ultimate authority, and consequently killed the very one who created them.

Tears, sadness, soul-black despondency filled those who had attached their very spirits to His being. Hope disappeared as the sun in a cloud.

But, like the power of returning spring, the grave could not hold Him. Death was gloriously defeated.

And so the morning dawned, bright and sure, and our Lord defied all that was broken, all that was unjust, all that crushed each heart in this fallen place. Our Jesus brought back the life, that in our wildest dreams, we could only hope against hope, would be true.

Spring reminds us that our hope is sure. His life conquers all death. His love heals every wound. And in heaven as on earth, our hope is sure–darkness will not have the last word.

daffodils in Asheville

“I am the way, the truth and the life.”

Nothing can stop the power of His redemption and love.

Let your heart be encouraged today,

He is risen, He is risen indeed.

And like spring, no power or force of man, or designs of the dark one, can hold back His resurrection life,

orHis will, where He will indeed make all things new.

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  1. Alicia says

    I am so grateful for these words today. As we enter this Easter weekend, our family is awaiting pathology reports from a small growth taken from my 12 year olds foot yesterday. Though the chances of cancer are very small, it was a painful reminder yesterday that we live in a fallen and broken world and all is not as it was intended. How grateful I am for Jesus and His sacrifice so I might experience hope and life!

    • Sally says

      I understand. We have had many such times. I will pray for your son and may you feel God’s amazing love and grace with you each moment.

  2. Jen says

    What a beautiful post! I am currently in the Spring season of life after many years of Winter and it is so sweet! A bundle of newborn baby boy sweetness…

  3. says

    “Darkness will not have the last word.”
    Thank you Sally. We are in the ‘dark of winter’ now and these words go deep to remind me of God’s truth that He never changes or grows weary. His purposes are for our good. May we contunue to grow roots and trust.

    You are a blessing.

    • Sally says

      You are such a blessing as well. The dark times are truly difficult. I will pray for you to sense the presence of the Lord and trust in His care.

  4. Linda says

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and hope. We are currently still in our “winter” awaiting word of our son-in-law currently serving in Afghanistan. He skyped with our daughter yesterday morning, tearfully giving a few details of a very dangerous mission he and his team were about to go on for 2-3 days. They will each be wearing a tracer because of a good chance of being kidnapped. We wait, hope, and pray that spring will come in this situation.

    • Sally says

      Dear Linda,
      I will pray for your son today. He is very brave. God will be with him and will carry all of you during this difficult and scary time.
      Grace and peace to you and your family.

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