Last Friday was one of the coldest days on record for this area. While looking out my living room window across the bleak, frozen landscape, I was struck by an interesting site.
Juxtaposed to the icy tundra outside the window was a beautiful green plant on the inside near the window. What made this so interesting was the memory of how that plant looked when I purchased it last summer. I was looking for an Areca palm when I saw this pitiful looking marginata in need of a little TLC. For some reason, I picked it up, purchased it, and brought it home. Over the months, I cared for it, kept it in near the window, and watched as it grew healthy and thrived.
On Friday morning, it wasn’t the intriguing icy landscape outside but a once scrawny plant inside that inspired marvel. Here was a plant whose future possibilities had once appeared as dismal as the icy condition outside; but after nurturing and perseverance, it was now a wonderful metaphor of what can be revived and brought back to extraordinary life even when all seems lost, or at best, of little value to the human eye.
In the midst of the cold of a frozen and bleak environment, there sat a wonderful reminder that the beauty of revival can be found in the most dismal environment.
At times…dreams, hopes, aspirations, even life itself can seem beyond revival. This is when we look inside for strength, resiliency, and the potential for incredible beauty and growth there. If we diligently seek we find. Then we encourage others to do the same, realizing in the cold of our winter situations, God still provides glorious beauty to behold.
Affirmation: In God, I will find all I need to thrive and bring forth beauty when all seems frozen.
Biblical Text: [God] appoint unto them that mourn...to give unto them beauty for ashes...Isaiah 61:3