Whenever I take photos like this, I always think of future hope. Even before the leaves disappear off the trees in the fall, the cycle of new growth is underway. The buds are there. They may be encased in winter’s icy blast, but the bud remains intact and ready to open at just the right time. Next time you feel discouraged and are tempted to think that nothing will ever change, remember God has placed His bud of hope within your heart. And if you will trust Him, it will open—fully and without reservation—at just the right time.