Spring in Winter

I was walking through a wooded area somewhere in Virginia. It was winter, and all the trees were grey and barren. Suddenly, I noticed bright patches of pink flowers in the forest. I looked closely at these clusters of pink flowering cherry blossoms, as well as several other flower types. I wondered to myself how these trees could be flowering in the middle of winter. Something was wrong. It felt like it was tied to global warming or an environmental issue. Our natural world was off, and trees were showing the effect of a world in deterioration. The trees may have also been showing a prophetic picture of life coming out of the dead; pockets of God’s people blooming amid a dead and barren landscape.