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Friday, March 2, 2012

DAFFY DOWN DILLIES

There’s a farm in the foothills of Northern California called Daffodil Hill. Each spring thousands of people drive to the farm, park and stroll through the fields, thrilling in the sight of acres of yellow daffodils dancing happily in the spring breeze.



The daffodil (and its cousins jonquil and narcissus) is the flower for the month of March. And it reminds me of Jesus.

The daffodil grows from a bulb. When the blossoms above ground die, the bulb below goes dormant throughout the fall and winter, returning to blossom again in the springtime. It is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, signaling the end of the dead season. It is therefore a classic symbol of rebirth, the resurrection of Jesus and our being born again in Him.

The daffodil is also a symbol of friendship. It reminds me of the song: What a friend we have in Jesus. And then it reminds me of one of the last things Jesus said before returning to heaven: that he was leaving the Holy Spirit to be our guide, our counselor and our friend.

The daffodil is also a symbol of domestic happiness. Philippians 3:20 says: But our citizenship is in heaven. Earth is our temporary home. Our true and eternal home is heaven. And when we get there, we’ll have true domestic happiness.

Every spring I think about planting daffodil bulbs. But by the time I’m reminded by seeing the happy yellow blossoms in our neighbor’s yard—it’s too late to plant them. So once again, those delightful yellow blossoms sitting on my counter come fresh from the grocery store. Reminding me of Jesus.

Happy birthday to everyone born in March!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the beauty of springtime and the reminders of rebirth and of our eternal home in heaven. Every time we look at a flower, please remind us that it is a gift from you and a reminder of your glory. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Of the daffodil, jonquil and narcissus, which is your favorite?

November Chrysanthemum http://fromcarolsquill.blogspot.com/2011/11/mums-word.html
September Asters and Morning Glories

August Gladiolas and Poppies

July Larkspurs and Lilies

June Roses http://fromcarolsquill.blogspot.com/2011/06/like-rose.html

7 comments:

Nona King said...

The daffodil is one of my favorite flowers, as is the narcissus. :) I love how you compared it with jesus. so true!

Pam B. said...

I love the coming of spring. It energizes me and I feel joy from seeing the world wake up from winter. I am reminded to thank my Creator for all His good gifts.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Nona and Pam -- girlfriends, so grateful for the comments. Spring is so wonderful. So is God.

lynnmosher said...

I love all three! Some of my favorites. My paternal grandmother, whom I loved probably more than my parents, had a hillside next to the stream that ran through our farm planted with daffodils. I remember the sea of yellow when they were in bloom. Those flowers are special to me. My grandmother died Feb. 11 when I was 13. That was 52 years ago and I still miss her dearly! Loved your post, Carol!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn - thank you for sharing your memories of your grandmother. I love the way flowers remind us of special people. And they're always good memories.

chris said...

Love this story of the daffodil, the farm you've written about must be amazing to see!!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - the farm is gorgeous; but so is a single daffodil!