Look what I found as I was mowing and clearing our backyard. Our neighbour’s rose bloomed through our fence.
I don’t know how the rose overcame the odds it faced before coming up with this bright flower. I’m sure there was no human intervention that forced the branch through the fence. It’s all-natural.
We all know that plants manufacture their food through photosynthesis. And my neighbour’s rose, planted near the fence, had a branch that sought the light to survive.
This particular branch “saw” its “light at the end of the tunnel“, the space on the fence, followed the light and bloomed.
Amongst the adversities that we have been facing for almost two years now are the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries have learned how to live with the dreaded virus.
New Zealand has started to follow what others are doing, treating the virus as any other through vaccination and treatment.
The Delta variant cases discovered in Christchurch a few days ago have brought varying levels of uncertainty in the South Island. Organisers have cancelled events. Some people anticipating heightened lockdown announcements.
Regardless of what our government authorities may take, we need to remind ourselves that we should not allow fear, our natural human reactions to adversities and uncertainties to envelope us.
We need to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.
My flesh and my heart may fail,Psalm 73:26
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Look to the Lord and his strength;1 Chronicles 16:11
seek his face always.
Like my neighbour’s rose, which a bloom found its way through the fence, we all can bloom through the adversities that the pandemic is causing us.
We have a bigger and brighter light at the end of the tunnel.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12
We need to follow the Light – Jesus Christ to find guidance and wisdom through this dark, sick world, and bloom despite the adversities.