Resilience, Grit, and Perseverance

I’m not a big fan of yellow in general, it’s just not my favorite.

Yet, I love yellow flowers!  And, golden aspen leaves bring me joy!   In random conversation earlier this year, I told my husband that yellow flowers just make me happy.  The next day he came home with the happiest sunflower I’ve ever seen!  

On our way to the Western Slope a few months later, we were rolling through miles and miles of Kansas, then Colorado.  All along the way, wild flowers that called to mind sunflowers were growing all along the side of the road.  We’ve taken this very same path many times, yet we had never seen so many sunflowers.   Unexpected beauty in 2020.

Side of a Colorado Country Road

The photo above was taken on the side of a country road in Colorado.  It calls to me because in the hot dryness of a land plagued with drought the last several years, this one flower was standing happy and strong.  I passed it nearly every day.  It made me smile every time. 

By all appearances this happy flower was thriving!  Beautiful life, literally rising up from the dry powdery dirt and sharp rocks on the side of the road.  

It’s not only the color that makes it beautiful. It’s the resilience, the grit, and the perseverance it personifies.  That one independent flower is doing precisely what it was created to do despite the harsh conditions it found itself in.

There’s a lot going on with us all lately, a lot to process, a lot to cope with.  So, I’m sharing a little happy today, a little beauty, a reminder of resilience, grit, and perseverance.  A reminder to be exactly who God created us to be despite any harsh conditions we may find ourselves in.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

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