I still get quite a kick out of crocus. They remind me of little tykes sneaking around looking for the hiding places of Christmas presents. They pop up here and there, unexpectedly, and with such an impish grin on their faces.
I love the colors of crocus. The bright white, the buttery yellow, the pale purple, and they emerge from underneath brittle old leaves and out of moisturized gooey earth. Since they are always the unexpected guest, they catch us off guard, and give rise to a grin, and then we stoop to stare.
At some point Lent no longer needs to dig further down, and so the ascent begins. The crocus is nature’s herald of this climb to come. It is now time for us to consider not simply how we have erred in our ways, how we have failed to be the people God created to us be, but to make some concrete decisions about change.
Change, as Lent has taught us once again, provides us with a battle. We cling to our old ways, and resist becoming new with almost everything we have. However, Lent has unleashed the soul, uncovered it, recovered it, or in rare cases, discovered it. Once the soul is out of the box, so to speak, it is free to find “food”. Change is that food, and it comes with a side of maturation.
What would make your life happier, healthier, and more hope filled? What changes would you like to make in yourself? What do you suspect God would like to see you alter, or risk diving into whole hog and being transformed? Are they the same…these changes you seek, and what God wants?
Try making what God wants the number one priority, the resolution of greatest value. God has the knack of narrowing things down to the essential. Like taking all those religious rules and regulations, and simply asking us to love one another and our God. Our Higher Power sticks to the basics – like staying sober.
Make some plans. The ascent requires planning, and the imagining of the steps to be taken up to higher ground. No mountain climber decides the route spontaneously, but has a pretty good idea of where he or she can find rest or the needed support. These plans do not promise victory - standing atop the peak, but they do create the best chance to succeed.
O, Lord of Lent, the journey up to Easter begins with the clarion call of crocus, trumpeting our need to make plans and get prepared for this spiritual pilgrimage to higher ground. The crocus, dear Lord, will defy us to think back to Winter, and call us forward to Spring. Amen.
Reverend William R. Grimbol has spent the past 30+ years helping people create and develop strong spiritual connections with loved ones and God. He is also a published author, with over a dozen books to his credit.