My husband loves daffodils.
Last fall he told me he’d planted an entire 50-bulb sack around our yard, but he didn’t tell me where. So, when I returned from a writers conference earlier this week, I was surprised at the display of yellow that had happened in our yard while I was away. Though we’d had a few daffodils bloom before the winter storm that hit us March 21, apparently the cold had discouraged the tender blossoms from opening until now. I thought it fitting, since their shape could easily represent trumpets here to herald the season of Easter.
According to the account in Luke 24: 1-6: “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they,(Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Joanna, wife of Chuza, and Salome) and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared.
But they found the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it happened as they were greatly perplexed about this, that, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as the women were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, the strangers said to them. “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”
“He is not here, He is risen, just as He said.”
I can only imagine the reaction of the women. The account said they went to the tomb prepared to anoint His body for burial, but finding the tomb empty they needed reminders from the two angels about what Jesus had earlier told them of His death. After hearing the declaration and seeing the empty tomb, they raced back to the city to tell the disciples.
Can’t you hear them squealing? Babbling among themselves, as only women can, about the wonder of what they had discovered? Laughing with joy as they ran? Had they trumpets they would have blown them the entire distance to tell the world of the miracle they had just witnessed.
And so it is with the daffodils. Their trumpet faces a reminder of the joy that is ours at Easter. God’s sacrifice of His Son on Calvary paved the way to heaven for any of us who believe. Happy Easter.