Tulips in Winter

It was January of 2014 and the promise of a great new year was beginning to vanish like a vapor.  As my friend put it, we were being slapped with either  “-20 degrees or  20 centimeters (of snow).” A bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. It was cccccccccccold  a lot and storms blew in on a regular basis.  The first month of the year came with 4 funerals, 3 accidents, 2 hospital admits, regular physiotherapy, 1 knee surgery and a slew of family birthdays without my beautiful sister who was called heavenward after a brave, brutal battle with cancer. Things were not pretty.

And then….a friend drops by with this beautiful sympathy bouquet of tulips in February.

Spring Coffee for Your Heart

Unexpected. The promise of spring in the dead of winter. Isn’t it just like God to send kisses from heaven to reminds us that spring is right around the corner and things will get better. In time.

It’s now late March and there been more funerals, a near-fatal heart attack, more illness in the family, heartbreaks, disappointments, loss. But somehow, I’m sitting hopeful in peaceful trust. Those flowers, together with all the little miracles of friendship, love and provision along the way, have put a spring in my step and joy in my heart. I’m still believing this will be a great year.

While I was thinking about my tulips in winter, this verse came to mind:

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. ~ Isaiah 58:11

The Lord spoke these words to foretell what awaits those who take care of others. Continual guidance, providence, and refreshment.  The beauty of it is how those exact things get passed on when we are there for others. We light the way, fill the need and refresh a weary soul “like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” We become like the breath of spring in the shivering winter wilderness. Like a warm cup of Coffee for Your Heart to encourage and recharge.

As surely as springtime comes, the winters that are hard as ice dissolve under the outpouring of love and compassion.

This week Coffee for Your Heart invited us to “just share whatever is on your heart that could encourage someone else.”  You can grab another cup of encouragement at  Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place  to hear her message and link-up to more inspirational posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

 Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart Image

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

Spring It!


9 thoughts on “Tulips in Winter

    1. Maria Marino Post author

      Thank you for sharing about the hard winters for so many in your life Sandra and for stopping by to read this. I am delighted the tulips were a reminder to you that spring always comes like they were to me. God bless you as the hard winter turns into spring.


  1. jenniferlinck

    I love tulips! They make me so happy! I bought a beautiful bouquet of them in Seattle this February. What a reminder of God’s goodness. Today, I wrote a post called “You”ll Be Okay” I shared this verse. Thought you might like it.
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
    When you pass through the rives, they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire, you will not be consumed;
    the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2)

    Glad I stopped by from Holley’s link up! Happy Wednesday!


    1. Maria Marino Post author

      I’m glad you stopped by from Holley”s link-up too Jennifer because that’s what introduced me to you. Thank you for visiting and lifting me up with the encouraging verse and your “You’ll be Okay” post. You did an amazing job of sharing what Holley’s book is about and I love how you say so much in so few words. I’m also delighted to hear tulips in February remind you of God’s goodness.


  2. Somer

    I’m so sorry at the weight of the world that has been on you and your family…wow…no words for all of that…i surely hope that what started out turbulent will come out peaceful. I love your hope and peaceful optimism I also enjoyed your beautiful writing! I hope you see lots of tulips this year, figuratively and literally


    1. Maria Marino Post author

      Thank you so much Somer for your your sweet words and good wishes! Your thoughtful comments touched my heart and added another tulip to my day. Hope you see lots and lots of tulips this year too!


    1. Maria Marino Post author

      Thank you with all my heart for your sweet encouragement Kristin. It means a lot to me especially since you are one of the other miracles along the way I mentioned. Your words sweep me into God’s arms and are such an encouragement and delight to me. And I mean this in the nicest way, buffaloes will always remind me of you and how you have touched and enriched my life. Thank you SO much!


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