While squeezing some semblance of life out of hard, uncompromising circumstances solace arrived in the strength of a single wild bloom.
During an early morning walk it appeared unexpected and incongruent, like a sun-yellow flag planted in a moonscape of rock. Living green and spiraled gold surrounded by the sharp edges of dry, nonsustaining stone.
A water seeking, nutrient dependent creature can perish in such an environment.
Living seems just so at times. All that is visible appears to offer not a mite of support to ease basic survival through treacherous times.
Approaching the bloom on the return circuit of the walk, passing by from a different angle, changed the perspective, changed the understanding.
Consider instead, the protective qualities of impervious rock. No lawn mowing blades arrived here to slice through a wild bloom. Flooding rivulets of rain washing down the rocky bank were channeled around the shallowly rooted, errant seed until its roots grew a deeper grip. The sharp and uneven rock surfaces prevented the smooth terrain seeking footsteps of humans.
The seemingly rigid and hard may be providential protection and an opportunity to thrive.
Revisit the harsh and uncompromising circumstances. It may be that the presence of sacred grace, a veiled blessing, is obscured by a narrow perspective.
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