This morning while walking, and keep in mind I live at 7200 feet elevation, God drew my attention to something under the leaves. Something not easily noticed–purple crocuses! My favorite flowers of springtime.

Only we are in November, not late February or early March. Headed into what is predicted to be a wet and snowy winter!

The Midwestern farm girl in me wonders what spring flowers two seasons early is a sign of? These spring flowers that I search for every morning after our cold, snowy winters here in Northern Arizona always mean  a promise of HOPE to come for me. But in March, not November.

Where Does Real Hope Come From?

I sense God saying this isn’t a typical time. Expect the unexpected, for blessings of HOPE, when there seems to be little hope. After all, I could barely see the crocuses. It took looking for flowers for me to notice them, just like things to be grateful for on our walks through cancer.

Spring is a time of the rebirth of the earth. Flowers and leaves bud out again.  We anticipate warmer, brighter days after the darkness of winter. 

It is also the time of the HOPE we have in our risen Savior with Easter celebrations.

No matter where you are in your walk with cancer, dear sisters, I believe God wants to send you a message of HOPE in ways that only He could do. Perhaps it will feel as out of season to you as purple crocuses under the leaves feel to me…Or perhaps it is a sign of hope in this dark time of your life that there will be warm, sunny days ahead, and you can be well again.

My prayer for you is that you will embrace the real HOPE God offers in this season, both in this lifetime and for all eternity, my friend. 

Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever!



Suzanne Bonner, Author

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“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.” Psalm 52:8 (NLT)