It is the small simple things of life that bring us peace.

Sunday, July 3, 2016


I wasn’t too surprised when I saw this little viola growing through the crack in the cement.  Violas are very hardy and are prolific re-seeders.  I’ve often had them “come up volunteer”, as my grandmother would say, in a spot close to where they were planted the year before.  They don’t require a lot of water or any special care; they just grow and flower until the season is over. Even though the plant itself is strong it still had to grow and establish itself in virtually no soil while relying on rainfall to nourish it.  It wasn’t stepped on and crushed or plucked hastily out of the tiny crack. In spite of its circumstances it survived and thrived!

Even so, when I saw it the word “determination” immediately came to mind.  After some consideration I decided the correct description should be “perseverance”. The viola determined that it would grow there and so it did, it persevered.   Job went through some real trials and lost everything except his life; yet, God showed him mercy and favor after his time of perseverance.   The New Testament relates of Paul’s struggles and the hardships he endured for the sake of the Gospel; yet, he also persevered and gave thanks in all circumstances.

In the last week I’ve thought about this little plant whenever I felt weakness or inability to complete a task.  It has survived and thrived in spite of all obstacles and it never complained once.  It just kept growing and blooming. Good advice from a little viola!