Hope In Unlikely Places

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I believe in second chances.

Well, not at first, there was a time when I’d give something a go and if it didn’t yield the result I wanted right away, I’d toss it aside.

I’m flawed.

Beautiful rose garden -- not mine.

Beautiful rose garden — not mine.

Last week, for some reason, I was reminded of the time I tried to grow yellow roses in my backyard. It’s a desolate place, my backyard, so much in fact, that I would be embarrassed to ask anyone to landscape it. There’s a huge erosion problem, so anything I plant immediately gets covered with Georgia red clay.

My father-in-law leaned over the small patch of land I called a flowerbed and carefully examined what was left of my would-be rose garden – a single rose. Any plant I try to cultivate eventually needs life support within a few weeks, try as I might, that’s a gift that I just don’t have.

“It’s dead, I’m sure of it,” I sighed shrugging my shoulders in defeat.

He was silent.

I felt a little nervous energy course through me. When this happens, I talk endlessly.

It’s my nervous tick.

“I bought a dozen on a whim at the nursery one day – ”

“It’s fine,” he interrupted, leaned in further and began pulling away at the earth around the lone rose. He repositioned the dirt to create a barrier around it.

“You mean it’s not dead?” I was in disbelief. I completely resigned myself of this poor flower. He shook his head side-to-side.

I stared at the flower again, this time with compassionate eyes; still I couldn’t see what he saw. Where I saw a hopeless situation, he saw an opportunity for growth.

Life has a funny way of reminding us that we can get the best out of a no-win situation. Whatever you’re facing, don’t resign yourself of it just yet. There’s still life – you can reach your goal, you can achieve your dream – it’s fine.

Within weeks, the little rose came back to life. There it was, a little delicate but alive nonetheless. It was a clear demonstration of hope.

When you think there’s nothing left, there’s no hope, please know that God is a way maker. When you’ve resigned yourself, do so to Him because He’s just begun.

There is hope in unlikely places.

16 thoughts on “Hope In Unlikely Places

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    North Carolina red clay is the same as in Georgia. 🙂 I think we all get second chances, I think I’ve had a dozen or so. When you think it’s over, He will show you why it isn’t. Lovely story. Happy Easter!

  2. I often have to remind myself that just because my plan doesn’t go as I would have liked, when all hope seems to be lost, I know without a doubt that God has his hands in my business and that I am walking the path to the plan He has designed for me.

  3. “Life has a funny way of reminding us that we can get the best out of a no-win situation. Whatever you’re facing, don’t resign yourself of it just yet. There’s still life – you can reach your goal, you can achieve your dream – it’s fine.”

    So, so, so true.

    Thanks for the reminder this week!

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