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Lessons from Pansies
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Spring is here and I’ve planted my pansies! They’ve been a favorite flower since I was a little girl. Mom tells me that when I was five, she bought several pansy plants and let me choose where we’d plant them. When we were finished, I got on my hands and knees and put my nose right up to one of the blooms. “What are you doing?” she asked. I looked at her and said, “These make me so happy!” And they’ve made me happy ever since. Now that I have my own yard, I don’t think a year has gone by when I haven’t planted pansies.

Not only do they make me happy, they tend to teach me lessons. Last summer, I wrote about how a volunteer pansy showed up in my front lawn—teaching me that we all belong—even if we’re different from those around us. Each of us is unique and special.

This spring, a different pansy taught me another lesson. I’d checked the weather for the coming week and it looked like it wasn’t going to freeze at night, so into the hanging basket and pots went beautiful pansies. Who would have guessed that a few days later we would have a surprise snowstorm? It wasn’t just a flurry, but large flakes came down and kept coming until the ground was well covered.

Weathered the Storm

When the storm was over, I went outside to check on my favorite pansy. I figured the cold weather and heavy snow had killed it. But as I gently dug through about an inch of snow, out popped a bloom! And then another . . . and another! That little plant had weathered the storm.

Later that day I thought to myself, “I want to be like that pansy. Whatever life dumps on me, I want to come out blooming.” It’s a choice we all need to make. We can stay covered in darkness under the heavy load, or we can choose to break through and reach toward the sunshine.

I think that Colossians 2:6, 7 gives us good advice on how to weather life’s storms: “You have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord. Now keep on following him. Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful.”

The key is to plant our roots in Christ. How do we do that? Through spending time with Him every day. Through reading and memorizing Scripture, and through prayer. Though listening to uplifting Christian music and finding a church family to belong to. These things will help “root” us. They will give us strength to face what comes. And even when life dumps unexpected troubles on us, we can come out blooming.

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