Monday, January 18, 2010

Cold Snap & HOPE

                    January Average temps in My part of Florida, the sunshine state
                           • Daytona Bch: High 70°-Low 47°
                           • Fort Myers: High 75°-Low 54°
                           • Orlando: High 72°-Low 50°
                           • Tampa: High 70°-Low 52°      
As long as the temp stays within  these guidelines, we have beautiful flowers in our back yard.

this photo was taken January 15, 2007 and is a prime example of what grows in our back yard in January. Until THIS January 2010 when along comes a cold wave, I am calling it a cold SNAP!

this is a flower on the same bush last week after Jack Frost came to visit and this little flower is what happens when Florida has 13 straight days of way below normal temps. One day it was beautiful and glowing, cold and shivering.

Damage Done, 13 days of record breaking cold

As I looked at these flowers and leaves, I compared them to our daily lives. We live our daily lives, each day follow our routine, and along comes a SNAP! it could be a death in the family, a job lost, family problems. Many things can cause our life to unexpectedly SNAP!

One day we are heathy, employed, happy and in control. SNAP! we lay in a crumpled heap, shriveled, shrinking from life. Nothing is as it was! we question will it ever be the same?

The flower and a few of the leaves are shriveled and will never be the same. The bush survived, in 2 weeks there will be beautiful new green leaves,  new flowers, beauty returned. Not the same flowers or the same leaves but possibly even prettier leaves and flowers. I looked at these photos and saw                                       HOPE!

                                   "Where there is life, there is hope."           

"When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.” unknown author

Psalm 31:24
24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.


Snapper II said...

Hope...your reflections on life are great. I enjoyed the comparison. There is always HOPE.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sandra, That is SAD to see-but unfortunately it happens. The good news is it will all come back... Our poor Pansies looks for horrible--but there is still life in them.... As you said, it's all about HOPE.

Great post, Friend.

SD at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Such a pretty flower - great post.

Ginny said...

I love your analogy on the flowers getting new blooms and coming back, just like we can after a bad "snap". The flowers will be beautiful again, but never the same, just like us. This is a truly inspiring blog, it's made my day! Also your quote from the unknown author was very interesting.

MedaM said...

It is so very true that things could always be worse but also better...hope dies last. I love the way you show the circle of life on your photos. Wonderful post!

SquirrelQueen said...

The flowers look so sad after the cold snap. Hopefully most will survive and come back stronger than ever. The before shots are gorgeous.