Today I was driving into the office and I noticed some cracks in the the asphalt. It looked like the city had come through and put tar (or whatever that stuff is) in the cracks to try to seal them back up. But somehow, through the tar, there was still some patches of green grass sprouting up through the cracks. It’s pretty amazing how powerful grass is. It seems like it can grow anywhere. It’s strangely beautiful.
There is a character in the film American Beauty, who is a high school student/film maker. The piece that he finds incredibly moving is when he filmed a plastic bag that was caught in the wind in an alley. Somehow this bag had been given life and was dancing, and so many people were just walking by without noticing.
The grass in the asphalt can be missed because we are too busy to get to where we are going.
There are so many things where beauty is creeping into ugly places, and if we are not careful we miss it. If we are too busy we miss little signs of life, and beauty and transformation. I would posit that those things are evidence of God’s creative power, and that God, the give of life wants us to see life all over the world.
What signs of life do you miss because you are too busy? It’s monday. Slow down a bit, look around you. Look for signs of life, because those signs of life are signs of God.
And guess what, God loves you, and he wants to surprise and delight you.