One of our cottage stays in Ireland was at Bushmills Cottage – Columba #2. it was an interesting place with modern conveniences, sheep in the pasture behind us, a clothesline in the back yard for drying laundry, and wi-fi. What a combination!
I took a walk with my camera on the path at the edge of the woods. Actually I was trying to sneak up on the sheep. I soon learned this is an impossible task.
On my walk I noticed how many little plants were poking out of cracks in the rock fences and gate posts. With an entire field behind us on one side and the forest on the other side, and a lawn on yet another side where they might have grown more easily, these little plants were flourishing in the most unlikely of places.
If they had grown in the sheep pasture, perhaps they would have been eaten along with a mouthful of grass by the sheep. If they had blossomed in the lawn, they surely would have been mown down. If they tried to grow in the forest, bigger plants would have overshadowed them and blocked the sun. So they flourished right there, where their seeds had landed and taken root.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people thrived as well in the rocky places of life? Instead of whining and complaining about how tough things are, or how it is so unfair that some people have so much more than others, what if we just sent down our roots and decided to bloom where ever we landed, even if it was between a rock and a hard place?
I Peter 1:23 – for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.