Each year for our wedding anniversary (which is in May) we purchase a living plant to plant in our garden. Last year we purchased a "Bleeding Heart" and planted it in our new yard at the Mobile Home Park. Here is how it looked last year:
It was really beautiful while it was in full bloom; but, once it lost all its leaves it was a twisted mangle of dry wood that I almost thought we should chop down.
While watching everything else grow, bloom and flourish in our little garden spots, the "Bleeding Heart" was showing no signs of life. Just last night, we were discussing whether or not we had room to plant an anniversary plant this May and I mentioned that if the "Bleeding Heart" is dead, we might dig it out and replace it with something else for our Anniversary this year. Just last night, I truly believed that it had no life in it.
Early this morning I went out back to check the basil and the tomatoes to see how they were coming along and as I walked by the "Bleeding Heart" plant, I noticed just a spot of something that looked green. "What is that?" I thought to myself. As I drew closer, guess what I discovered? Yep - new life springing from what appeared to be dry, dead, branches--little greenish yellow leaves popping out just above the tiny knots left by last years growth.
I had to attempt to get a picture of these teeny, tiny, little signs of life. I was so focused in on the new growth, that I was unaware, until I downloaded the pictures, that in the framed shot appeared a cross.
Maybe it's just me; but, I think this is something quite wonderful, especially that it all occurred on the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour.
I am thanking God this morning, for the sweet and precious ways that He manifests His reality and presence in our lives in such unique and seemingly insignificant ways.