Finding hope

finding hope

finding hope

These petunias are an impressive bunch. Growing out of a crack with concrete and asphalt surrounding them one has to wonder how they survive. Where do they get nourishment? And this in the middle of a heat wave right now!

I have some wonderful friends that remind me of these flowers. Right now the garden they are in is not one they chose. They have an adult daughter who recently became paralyzed from the waist down and has been having radiation treatments to treat a tumor on her spine. Their days are filled with waiting, meeting with doctors, and traveling between work and home and hospital. They spend as much time as possible with their daughter, taking care of her and emotional needs, trying to cheer her up and looking together with her for hope.

As the odds stack up, it seems like they are drawing all the hope they can through a crack in the concrete. But their faith runs deep, not just wide. Along with their pain right now they still smile and laugh–often through tears. And we hope and cry with them, because we are in this garden together.

Grasping and growing

cucumber vine tendril

cucumber vine tendril

In order to grow, you first need to grasp tightly to what you know. Then by hard work, faith, and determination, pull your self up beyond that safe point of knowing. There is risk in growing, but only through growth can you yield fruit.