Friday, April 28, 2006

Beauty and Foolishness


I am so thankful for the defiance of beauty. I saw these yellow blossoms this morning, just thriving in the cracks of a stone wall. I was busy making rapid analogies about being surprised by a small fragment of beauty, and how beauty can be solitary and alone and brave...and then I rounded the corner of the little road.


And there was a set of steps, all in stone, and positively overflowing with blossoms. I laughed to myself for my dramatic take on such a small part of the overall picture. There was clearly more to behold that I had missed. OK, time for a revision to the "solitary moment of defiant beauty" theme -- gone was the notion of one plant struggling into the light. I looked heavenward and gave God a small wink for teaching me such a lesson. Clearly the lesson was about a small community joined in an act of love.

Then I turned another corner. Apparently God was not done with laughing at my foolishness. Did I for an instant think that the beauty of the creation could be contained by my ability to understand it?

I ached from the sheer joy of what I saw.


3 Comments:

Blogger samtzmom said...

Oh, this so made me smile. :c) Against all odds, with very little nourishment for sustenance, and yet... beauty abounds. Such a metaphor for life in many ways. Maybe all we really need to believe in is our own ability to grow?

8:31 PM  
Anonymous patz said...

Mata, These are such beautiful pictures, I love stone and flowers and to see them together just makes my heart sing! It looks so natural.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Maggie Rose said...

beautiful photos indeed! and a well-said lesson drawn from your excursion. thanks so much for the way you express yourself, mata

peace and blessings,
Maggie Rose

5:10 AM  

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