Tulips, Birds, and Little Miracles



Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said,

 “Believe in miracles.  I have seen so many of them come when every other indication would say that hope was lost.  Hope is never lost.”

A few years ago, I had a landscaper who planted about forty tulip bulbs in my backyard.  They were extras from a previous gardening job that he had worked on.  He told me that he didn’t know if they were good anymore or if they would even grow, but he wanted to plant them anyway.

The next Spring, one single yellow tulip bloomed.  Then the next Spring two bloomed.  This past Spring, my 8 year old daughter was out in the yard and saw green blooming through the dirt.  She counted them and excitedly told me that there were sixteen tulips beginning to bloom and that more were trying to grow through the dirt.  She said to me, “It’s a miracle mom!”

Over the next few weeks we eagerly and excitedly watched as these tulips bloomed. They were beautiful!

It was a reminder to me to have faith and to trust in Heavenly Father and in His plan for my life.

Just like these tulips taking years to bloom, I might not always see immediate results or have the answers I need right when I want them. It might take a lot of time to see things happen or get results, but in time, the answers and results come, and as my daughter pointed out, miracles can happen.

So many times we can become weighed down with the hard things in life.  It is easy to focus on only the bad things that are happening or how sad we might feel, or what trial we are going through.  It can be hard to feel happiness and hope or see the little, daily miracles that Heavenly Father gives us as reminders to us to have faith in Him.

One day last winter, I was struggling with something that was weighing me down and causing me to feel sad.  I was struggling to feel happiness that day.

Earlier that morning it had snowed, leaving a soft blanket of white on everything.   As I left my house to run an errand, right next to my car on the driveway, was a single, perfect set of little prints that a bird had left in the snow – right where I could see them as I got into my car.  It seems like a little thing, but when I saw those prints I was overcome with a feeling of love.  Love from my Heavenly Father.  I felt as if it was His way of saying to me,  “I know how you feel,  I am here with you, and you just need to have hope that things will get better.”

To me it was a small miracle and just like my tulips, a reminder to keep  having hope and faith in my Heavenly Father.

There are small miracles that our Father in Heaven blesses us with everyday, if we will have eyes to see them and hearts open to notice them – even, or maybe especially, when we are sad, alone, struggling, or facing hard things.  That is His way of reminding us that He is there, that He knows us,  that He loves us and that He will always bless us when we have faith and continue to have hope in His plan for our lives.

Look for the little miracles all around you.  If you open your eyes and especially your heart,  you’ll be surprised at what you see!

What miracles, big or small,  have you witnessed in your life that have helped you to feel your Heavenly Father’s love for you?

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I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I served a Spanish-speaking mission in Toronto, Canada. I attended BYU and taught at the MTC. I love being a stay at home dance/basketball/football/soccer mom. I love the beach, anything chocolate, Santa Fe sunsets, and all things Jane Austen. I'm a big fan of BYU Soccer and I love teaching the gospel. I've lived in Utah, California, Connecticut, Florida, Montana, and New Mexico. My motto has become: "Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace."

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  • Dani Oldroyd
    October 12, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Love love love this!