Sometimes I wonder about the tiny miracles
Every spring, without fail, the violets catch me off-guard. They shouldn’t come as a surprise. They pop up as part of the rhythm of the seasons, the cycle of life on our planet. But still, somehow, their appearance inspires wonder in my heart.
Sometimes our world is a very cold and ugly place, after all. Crime, poverty and injustice are everywhere. People do horrible things to one another for all kinds of crazy reasons, or for no reason at all. People commit the unforgivable.
But for all its atrocities, our world is also a place of astonishing beauty. Flowers bloom, butterflies flutter and children laugh. Love happens. The unforgivable, somehow, is forgiven.
I have heard it said that violets are the symbol of forgiveness, because it is only when they are crushed that they reveal their sweet fragrance. It makes me wonder about the fragrance I waft into my world when I feel wronged. Am I able to forgive and spread sweetness when I’m crushed, like a violet?
God made the violet so tiny, yet so beautiful. I am always amazed at His creativity and attention to detail. Why bother to craft something so small with such exquisite care? It is just what He does. Forgiving me is something He does, as well. If He can forgive me for my offenses, what right do I have not to forgive those who offend me? Lord, help me be like the violet, spreading sweetness when I am crushed.