As a detail-oriented person, I tend to notice a lot of little things that others normally don’t. I believe that when we allow ourselves to take a moment and embrace the details of something, we can almost always find some beauty within it. Every once in a while I see a plant growing from a crack in concrete, just like the picture above, and instantly become fascinated. Have you ever seen something similar and wondered how the heck it got there? Well after doing some research, I learned that a seed somehow falls into the crack and with the perfect circumstances, it begins to grow and work its way out.
In a few ways, the seed of a plant can be very symbolic of ourselves during the suffering life tends to bring. Whether we’ve grown up in tough times or painful circumstances have caught up to us later on in life, I think most of us can say life has left us feeling buried deep in pain at some point. The question we should ask ourselves is: Are we being buried or are we being planted? What’s the difference, you ask..?
The difference is our perspective
I’ve learned that it is really important to have the right view of what is going on in life. Believing that we are being buried during times of affliction reflects a sense of hopelessness. It feeds off of negative thoughts, which tell us the situation we are going through has no meaning other than to cause us pain. It makes us think we will never get beyond the hardships we face. A simple change of perspective can make all of the difference. To believe that we are being planted, rather than buried during suffering, causes us to recognize that our distress will soon turn into something positive and worthwhile. With this perspective, there is hope in the future and we are better able to see the glimpse of light coming from the concrete’s crack.
Romans 8:18 (NLT)
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
In moments of suffering, we are to focus on God and cling to our faith in His amazing work. In the planted perspective, we recognize that there is purpose in what we are going through. It reminds us that God uses all experiences, good and bad, for the perfect plan He has for us. In the same way that every concrete-born plant needs the perfect temperature, water and light to grow, we need faith in God and His plan for us. Just as those plants miraculously grow through that concrete, we will break through our sufferings with more growth than we could ever imagine.
As crazy (and weird) as it sounds, beautiful things come from affliction. It is within these times that we are able to learn some of the deepest lessons about ourselves and others. It is within these times we learn who truly cares for and loves us. We find out just how strong we are and our ability to endure. The interesting thing about being planted during calamity is that while you’re persevering and focusing on staying positive, you don’t realize how much you’re growing at the very same time. Have you ever looked back on some point of your life and realized how wise and mature you grew to be without realizing at the time? It’s amazing.
It was at my lowest point that I was able to very clearly see God working in my life. Having the planted perspective saved me in so many ways.