In the midst of weeds you have placed me among the wildflowers.
At first I thought only the weeds were growing tall around me.
When I looked more intently, I saw flowers budding.
I noticed what you had done, I decided that I could dance among them. Now I choose not to focus on the memory of the weeds, but I dwell on the flowers the circumstances brought to me.
So I thank you for the wild flowers you brought into my life.
You taught me how to tame then, you taught me how to grow them, you told me how to know them, you taught me how to love them.
Now when I do encounter the weeds, I will dodge them no longer.
I embrace them and steadily await the beauty that will come of them.
James 1:2-3 says "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience haveits perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." Count it all joy. Another version says to consider it pure joy. May we all begin to embrace the wildflowers in our lives, knowing that God has a purpose both in the beautiful and the uncomfortable.