My Tulips Were Smarter Than Me – And They Don’t Even Have a Brain

Lift your eyes to the Light of Christ when you're in darkness. Psalm 123:1 via www.JeanWilund.comMy tulips were smarter than me. 

Which is kind of sad since they don’t even have a brain.

But they do have great instincts.

With just their God-given instincts, each one of my tulips turned around in their vase and faced the light streaming through my window. 

They didn’t just turn toward the light. They leaned into it.

Tell me there isn’t a creative God running the show!

Last week I needed light.


I found myself in a dark, “I can’t do this” moment. Nothing terrible, but dark enough to cast a shadow over me.

So, like the grownup that I am, I called my husband and cried.

And like the man he is, he tried to fix my problem.

I like that about him, except when I’m just calling to cry. You women understand. You men are shaking your head at us women. We know, and we understand.

Larry lifted my spirit for a moment, but the gloom lingered.

Later, it hit me. Darkness flees from light.

Turn toward the Light, Jean.

Larry is awesome, but he’s not the Light.

I turned my face toward Jesus, and Viola! No more darkness.

Sometimes our situation stays in the darkness, but at least we don’t.

In my circumstance, though, nothing stayed in darkness. It all became light. The darkness couldn’t overcome the light. 

Instinct didn’t tell me to turn to the Light. Years of being reminded in God’s Word — the Bible — did. 

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
~ Psalm 123:1

Maybe it took me longer than it should have to remember. Almost as long it took the tulips to turn their heads toward the Light. But we both got there eventually, and that’s what really matters. 

Wandering in the shadows of a bad day, troubling circumstance, or an especially dark trial?

I can’t fix your problem, but I can encourage you to take a lesson from my smart tulips. Lift your eyes to the Light of Christ when you’re in the darkness of trials. 


In him [Jesus] was life,
and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
~ John 1:4-5

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