I have had this photo on the wall of my prayer room for many years. It was a gift from Julie , who came to a Bible Study Group we had some years ago.
It has always intrigued me, demonstrating that life can be tough, but it is determined and hard to extinguish. They say life is tenuous, and in some circumstances perhaps this may be true, but I remember reading a book about Hal Moore, “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young” who led the troops in the battle of la Drang, the first battle in the Vietnam war. He described how a forward battalion became detached and was being overrun. He was forced to call in air support under the ‘Broken Arrow’ command which was basically saying “all is likely lost so hit it with everything you’ve got”.
The amazing thing was that next day when they reached the forward battalion, most were still alive. I remember one soldier who was shot 5 times and his primary recall was that he just got so angry when the fifth shot hit his hand and he could no longer hold his rifle. He is alive and well today and farming in Montana. One guy was shot 6 times and survived and many others were hit more than once, yet survived. It puts a lie to the usual Hollywod script.
Just thinking about it brings me back to one of the many paradoxes of life: Life IS tenuous, precious and fragile, yet at the same time Life IS hardy, resilient and robust. We use the term “… clings to life…” which speaks exactly of what I am saying.
And this picture speaks of all of that. The plant is growing in a little cleft in the rock. It is green and healthy and holding on to life even though there may not be much nurture or support. We don’t need much to hold on to life and we will make the most of what is available.
The past failures are just beside it, but the plant clings to life. Its future may be written in the dead leaf, but right now, it is alive and living. So it is for us. The memories of past failures can be close to us and in clear view, but we can stay focused on living and drawing life from the Sun and whatever moisture and nourishment we can get.
Where there is life, there is hope! Who knows what the future may hold. There can be plenty to look at and hear and think about that will tell us there is not much future. BUT right now we are alive and living. Live today for today. Who knows what the future may hold!
Where There Is Life, There Is Hope! You are not done yet! Nothing is Impossible to Us When We Believe!
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