They burst forth in glory, painting a majestic scene. The wildflowers in Death Valley are described as a rare “super bloom” this year, which only occurs perhaps once a decade.
Death Valley is not the ideal environment for a glorious bloom. In the most intense dry and warm climate, located at North America’s lowest point, the gorgeous flowers spring forth.
They bloom courageously.
They bloom individually, yet corporately.
They bloom bountifully.
Nature displays God’s glory and sends us encouragement with a divine message to give us hope and joy for our journey.
The “valley of death” in our own lives represents the places where the difficult and overwhelming often succeed. It’s the place where we come to the end of ourselves in our efforts, plans, aspirations, hopes and dreams. We realize that in the hard, dry, intense places of life, we can no longer plan our own victories or solutions.
We must surrender.
It’s a place of death – of dying to self and succumbing to the inevitable.
We can’t do it. It’s too hard. It’s too much.
We must humbly admit our inability to accomplish and succeed.
He teaches us truth, He gives new wisdom and understanding, and He encourages us to trust Him.
Joseph faced challenging seasons. He knew God, he walked in favor, and he held to a dream. In his journey, he offended his brothers. Betrayed by those that should be closest to him, sold into slavery, restored to favor again while walking uprightly (and fleeing from Potiphar’s seductive wife), Joseph is then graced with a season in prison. Can you imagine the journey of trust in God, humility, and death to self (and vision) required of him?
He could not succeed in his own ability. Joseph could only be responsible for his heart and attitude toward God. He could not plan or accomplish anything in a dark and dry place, except his own character and spiritual growth. God required much of Joseph in character and trust before He elevated him to a position of grand purpose and authority.
God determined the Spring seasons of Joseph’s life, and it came after a long Winter in “death valley.” In God’s timing, Joseph did bloom.
Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
“…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
As Joseph blossomed in character, we must bloom in our intimacy with God as we walk through the toughest life seasons.
God determines the timing and intensity of our bloom. We may one day wake up to realize Spring arrived and that “death valley” is a majestic display of God’s ability to accomplish the beautiful and glorious in our lives.
John 12:24 (NIV)
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
We may wake up to look around and realize that we are not alone. We may realize that others endured the dry, hard, and lonely to arrive at the same conclusion – God is in control.
We all know the elements required to cultivate a seed and garden. The dry and hard ground is not ideal – but oh so reminds us of God’s ability to accomplish that which we cannot.
He can. He wants to bloom in your heart. Give Him the hard and dry and let Him cultivate beauty and the miraculous.
We may wake up to realize we are placed in a gorgeous garden of divine wildflowers, springing forth from “death valley”… growing and proclaiming the same praise while we are blooming bountifully:
God’s Seed: Psalm 96:6 (NIV)
“Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.”
Planting God’s Seeds of Hope
*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com