But what caught my attention in this one yard was the crocuses blooming in the middle of the yard. In the middle of the green grass were hundreds of blooms – white and purple and blue. They were not in neat rows or carefully color-coordinated. Just a scattering.
At first, I thought this to be a problem. That isn’t grass. It doesn’t belong there. It must be treated as a weed and removed, right? Weeds are just plants growing in the wrong place, right? In the words of my father, “We must maintain some semblance of order!” Crocuses belong in flower beds, not in lawns.
But then I asked myself the question, why does it need to be that way? Can the crocuses and the grass share the same space, or should they also maintain social distancing guidelines? And who am I to say?
Consider the lilies. God adorns them with beauty. Consider the birds. God provides for them. Consider the wonders of God. God gives us these signs of life, and all that we need for life.
I looked at the lawn once again, adorned with flowers. And in it, I saw something new. I saw the promise of God. In the midst of the daily order and structure we try to follow, and even in the midst of the new guidelines we are asked to follow, God shows up with signs of hope and surprise where we least expect them.
Where are you seeing these signs of hope?
Do not worry. Easier said than done. I know.
But I also know that God is with us.
Look for the wonders of God. You may see it in places you least expect.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, we give you thanks for the gift of life. We give thanks for your Son, who gives us life. Open our eyes to behold your beauty, your presence, your promise of life. We place our trust in you. We pray this in the name of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.