“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”
~Tennessee Williams in “Camino Real”
(These words became his epitaph)
Some beginnings in this life commence on inhospitable ground:
no soil, no protection, no nurture, barely enough water.
Here lies a drive to thrive and transcend: forcing through a crack in the pavement while exposed to relentless heat.
Such delicate beauty comes from nothing but a seed packed with the potential to transform its circumstances through perseverance. We all are created with the potential power to break through rocks and change the world.
Forever and ever.
I’m reminded every spring, as we break the soil in the garden for that season’s planting, how challenging is the job of the seed. It is a plain, unadorned and ordinary thing, a little boring even, practically forgotten once it is placed in the ground. Yet the ordinariness is only the outer dress; the extraordinary is contained inside, and within days a tender shoot braves all to come to the surface, bowed and humble. It establishes a root that ensures survival, even in the most inhospitable ground.
So it is with Jesus whose ordinary origins belied his holiness and majesty. Hardy root and tender shoot, he reaches up to the heavens and deeply into the earth, both at once.
And we will be fed.