It is Summer here in the mountains of my home. A season also known by another name: road construction time. There is paving, ditching, and tree trimming going on everywhere. This year there are also new water lines being installed in a nearby town so I find myself leaving home a half hour early because of all the delays. Today as I was stopped at one of the construction sites I took my eyes off the long line of cars in front of me and glanced to the side of the road. There saw something that brought a smile to my heart and a "Wow!" to my lips. Stretched along the side of the road as far as the eye could see were wonderful wild flowers.
It was such a beautiful sight. I saw Queen Anne's Lace growing regally
by the road. Along
with her were yellow Dandelions and Buttercups glowing bright in the
sunlight. Sweet Clover
and white Daisies were blooming as well. In spite of having to grow in
gravel and dine daily on
exhaust fumes all of these flowers were flourishing. With just a few
drops of water and a daily
dose of God’s sunshine they all were growing tall, healthy, and strong.
Watching them nurtured my spirit and made the time spent stopped there a joy.
As I was driving home I realized something too. Each of us is a wild
flower in a way. Life
gives none of us perfect soil. Instead we find ourselves struggling to
grow in the gravels of
problems and pains. In addition we often feel choked in the smoking
exhaust of this world's
selfishness. With these challenges each of us could easily feel like
wilting into the dust. Yet, everyday God blesses us with the water of His Love and the sunlight of
His Grace. Everyday we are given a fresh chance to bloom where we are planted and to share our
beauty with others.
Everyday we are given a choice to "Wow" the world with our wonder rather
than wilting. Grow
strong in the smoke then. Flourish in the gravel. Give your love to
everyone along life’s road.
"Dear friends, let us love one another,
because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God
and knows God." (1John 4:7, HCSB)