“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems that by keeping its dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared. You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love its will to reach the sun. Well, we are the rose – this is the concrete – and these are my damaged petals.”  - Tupac Shakur

I don’t think there is anyone in the world today who isn’t suffering or who doesn’t  know someone who is suffering.

The majority of us have bruised leaves and we are all striving to keep our heads up off the pavement.

I look at the image above and marvel at the sheer determination and tenacity of this plant.  It has managed to grow and flourish despite the most severe odds stacked against it.

Despite the fact that it has no background, no knowledge of it’s parental seed, no grounding, no good role models it has still succeeded in growing into the most beautiful flowering plant that brings joy to most people who see it.

It has embraced the little it has – oxygen, sunshine and rainwater supplied by God – and has grown and flourished.

It has concentrated on growing every day instead of filling it’s days with regret and anger and bitterness as to where it has been placed!  Or constantly asking “why me?”  “Why could I not have been planted in beautiful fertile soil instead of just being dropped haphazardly onto the pavement and left here all alone?”

I wish we could all be more like this plant.

Thanking God every day for what we do have and making the most of what we have been given. Continually looking up towards the Son.

Not looking at others and judging how they are doing, or being envious because it seems that they have more than we have.

But just striving to grow into the person God created us to be and in that way bring joy to those who pass us by.