Last Friday was a dreary day. It was, or had been raining, the clouds were gray and low, there was no sun anywhere to be found. It was cool, with just a hint of a breeze. I had come to work feeling the end of the week. It was kind of like Mondays, except I knew I had to get through this day to get to the weekend.
The day didn’t start out well. I wasn’t feeling very well. I was getting over some kind of virus my wife brought home for me to try on for size. I had work that was piling up that I just didn’t want to get to. It was the dreary day outside that I described earlier. And besides all of that, it was Good Friday…the day Christians remember the death of Jesus Christ on a Roman cross some 2,000 years ago.
I got up from my office chair about mid-morning and walked around in the building. Looking outside to the north, I decided to go on out and see what the weather was doing. I looked around there for a minute and saw several bright yellow tulips in full bloom. They seemed to be chasing away the gloom...doing exactly what the Creator wanted them to do. They also seemed to give me a lesson that day. Here they are in the middle of gloomy day, doing their job of encouragement and serving to shine in nature in a wonderful way, in spite of all of the negativity, cloudiness, and darkness around them.
After I took a photo of them and sent it to Google for storage, I went back to the office refreshed and at least somewhat revitalized. The weekend was better than I thought it would be, and Easter Sunday was a wonderful day spent with family and friends.
I won’t soon forget those tulips. They taught me a valuable lesson. Maybe they have something to say to you, too.