For several weeks I have walked out my front door and passed this spot, ignoring it as I ran off to work or other errands. I was always looking up at the gloomy, overcast skies and huddling under my coat racing for warmth seldom noticing anything around me. Then just a few days ago, I stopped in surprise as I looked down and saw these small green shoots pushing up through the ground. January 28th and there in front of my eyes was the first glimpse of Spring. Though I was still in a hurry, I smiled to myself knowing that there would soon be colorful blossoms gracing those stems.
I thought a lot about those forgotten flowers throughout the day. They had been growing silently for weeks…breaking through the hard soil, steadily upward through the frozen crystals, seeking the distant rays of a January sun. Everything in the cold, harsh winter world should have stopped those flowers from growing, but there they were nevertheless.
I began to think about the dreams in my own life and how they had currently seemed at a standstill. It was as if my world had been put on pause and the dreams I yearned for would never come to pass. But those tiny green shoots reminded me that even when I’m not looking, there are forces swirling around me that are constantly bringing change. One might feel as if one is not making progress, but just like those forgotten flowers, the obstacles are being overcome step by step.
It is a good lesson to remember – even when we think our lives are at an impasse and the walls will never fall, miracles are occurring every day even if we can’t see them. Just like a flower growing under the snow.