Wildflowers: Appreciating Beauty by the Road


Sometimes, I find beauty in unexpected places. I discover sunlight on the other side of the clouds, a panorama after the climb, colors dancing through the gray, hope after months of despair.

This spring, I needed a reminder of that beauty. As I walked through personal struggles, I wondered if I would find any beauty or meaning along the way.

One afternoon, as we drove home on the interstate, I was pleasantly surprised. I noticed a magnificent spread of colorful wildflowers, planted along the side of the road. The vibrant yellow and purple blooms stretched for miles, continuously filling my outlook with color. They assured me that spring had come and that the winter in my life was about to disappear.

I enjoyed this quote about flowers, which came from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Naval Treaty:

“Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

I rarely expect complex answers to be found in simple things. Yet, over and over again, it’s these brief encounters with beauty, these unplanned moments with my Creator, that bring peace to my soul. I hear an answer through the stillness. I see a pattern in the wildflowers. I have faith that beauty will overtake the pain.

4 thoughts on “Wildflowers: Appreciating Beauty by the Road

  1. What an interpretation! Even if those flowers are wild,
    i guess there must be a reason why they are brightly colored
    and growing by the roadside.

  2. This is so true. Lately I have really been lokniog at myself through my own eyes asking God to reveal to me what is the real truth that I need to believe about myself and what really lies .lies that I have listened to and believed for so long that I believe they are the truth. Lies that keep me from doing things I really want to do and lies that keep from obtaining the things God wants for me and lies that keep me from being the person God called me to be. It comes down to do I see myself as a little kitten who has probably fallen down a couple of times, gotten into some messes I shouldn’t have been, listened to lies that I shouldn’t have listen to or do I see myself as the lion that God intended and intends to be. Forgiven, roaring with power and strength with holding nothing obtaining and doing everything I was ever ment to do!

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