I loved my next door neighbor’s mimosa trees. One day, many years ago, he brought over what looked like a stick with barely any roots and just stuck it in the ground. He told me that it would become a beautiful mimosa tree in no time at all. I didn’t believe him! It was a stick! With only a few roots! But look at it now:
This tree came from next to nothing. But those tiny strings of roots took hold and spread. It took many years. It transformed from scrawny and spindly to strong and tall and spectacular. It was worth the wait. Some things take a long long time to take root and to flourish. Longer than we could have imagined or expected.
Take a look at this…when we first built our house, there were massive stones that had to be dug from where the house would be placed. I asked them to put the stones next to the trees.
It just took only little seed to land on top of a ROCK to get this beautiful orange and yellow flower. There is no soil on the rock. Just some leaves that have accumulated. But all it took was one seed to make a flower grow out of a rock.
It didn’t need the perfect accommodations!It didn’t even need soil! But it grew. Out of a STONE!
Just a tiny bit of roots and a tiny little seed. Imperfect conditions. Improbable outcomes. And yet, there they are.
I had tiny roots. Tiny. I did not have perfect conditions. My outcome, based on my circumstances looked pretty grim. But maybe we don’t need a lot to thrive. Maybe we don’t need a huge family and tons of friends. Maybe we don’t need the perfect anything. A flower grew from a seed on a rock. A magnificent tree grew from a stick and tiny roots. We just need a little bit to go on. A little bit will do. A little bit HAS to do. I only have a little bit. I have a limited, small, wonderful support system. I am not surrounded by thick rich soil and strong roots.I, myself am quite fragile. I have to accept what I have been given and let that be enough.
One tiny seed of faith. One tiny root of possibility. And some time. And it will happen. We will thrive and flourish. We just may need a little more time. I need a little more time. But if a flower can grow from a rock, anything is possible.