Most of us, especially those living in a country with four seasons, know that tulips bloom in spring.
In fact, they are the most anticipated spring flowers because of their magnificence and colour variety.
However, around late May, just when the winter season started in New Zealand, we discovered a lone tulip bulb, breaking ground and springing forth.
We thought the frosty mornings would damage its leaves and the sun wilting them. We thought the tulip would eventually die.
With almost all of the garden plants, veggies and flowers, gone and the days getting colder and colder, gardening season is over.
More than two weeks of rainy and cold weather in June made us stay mostly inside. Then one morning, we were surprised to see the lone tulip blooming.
A beautiful bloom came out despite the surrounding winter’s death.
No amount of frost nor freezing morning dew can prevent our resilient tulip from blooming.
From this resilient tulip, I can see my mum, who, by the grace and mercy of the Lord, continues to bloom.
Our mum is a pastor and retired teacher. In her prime, she had planted and pastored churches. She was a pastor for youth and women.
She taught Kindergarten and Grade 1 for almost 20 years while assisting my dad in his pastoral work.
Towards the end of May, my mum, who’s in her late 80s, became very ill.
We thought she wouldn’t make it to her 90th birthday last 21st June. She was too weak to get up.
What a blessing for Nanay (mum) to be under the care of my sister-in-law and my older brother. She gets the best care ever.
We prayed, sing songs, meditate, and commit ourselves to the Lord’s will. We requested some family and friends to pray. Our church intercessors prayed fervently.
A few days before her birthday, she sat up and asked for water. She gradually recovered and was able to celebrate her birthday.
She is our resilient tulip. The Lord God has allowed her to live through despite the challenges that her age and the pandemic bring.
2 Corinthians 4:16 reminds us:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly, we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are renewed day by day.
I am he, and I am he who will sustain you even to your old age and grey hairs. I have made you, and I carry you; I will sustain you and rescue you.Isaiah 46:4
Friends, as we go through the many trials in our lives, the challenges of the pandemic, may this resilient tulip reminds us of the abounding grace we have in Jesus.
If the Lord God has made this tulip bloom, He can make us survive and grow. You’ll soon be breaking ground and bloom, in His time.