I’m not sure we really understand growth on any level, so that is why it is my miracle for today. I watch my “baby” outgrow his clothes, and learn to read, and get along with others, and I stand in awe. I’ve not heard a really good, scientific explanation of how our body knows how to grow where, and how fast. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, we all grow and develop constantly. How do we do this? We understand it is a part of life, everything around us grows – it is a sign of life itself, yet we can not control it or create it. When we plant something we can provide the conditions for growth, but then the best we can do is stand back and watch.
Yesterday my six year old spent several hours crying due to growing pains. She also went through pain as she lost a baby tooth, allowing for her larger, adult tooth to come in properly. As I watch growth around me, I can learn that growth of all types involves pain, stretching, and a better result at the end. Couldn’t growth be categorized as God directing our paths to something larger and better than before?
I have the blackest thumb in town. Yet, there is one – and only one – flower I have not managed to kill yet. We have some lilac bushes in our side yard. They are not thriving, but they are not dead either. They bloom for one week a year. They started blooming this week. It looks like we may have lilac’s in bloom this year for Easter. How fun!
We have had a lot of extra rain this month, and with that somewhat lower temperatures. A fun side effect is that my lilac bush bloomed again yesterday! No big deal for most places, but we are so hot and dry here that it usually can only bloom for 1 week in the spring. I have NEVER seen it bloom in the fall. I love lilacs. My 6 year old thinks that the really amazing part is that it bloomed in our yard. (I have 2 black thumbs.) Anyhow, I’m enjoying it.