I love how the seasons of the year mirror what God can do in our hearts. As I mentioned in the previous post, I recently pulled out the vinca flowers in my miniature garden and sent them off to recycling. I replaced them with pansies, which can weather the late October heat as well as the bitterness of an unexpected January freeze.
As I pondered the diverse conditions that pansies can withstand, the first thought that I had was that it would be a good idea to have the same resillience as these pansies. However, the more I reflected, it struck me that it would be unauthentic to show no weakness, and it is a bit disturbing that they don't change into something better after being tried by fire and ice. Instead, the pansy above that I planted will simply multiply over the coming months.
So, I think I'll stick with the heart that God gave me that often bends and breaks but seems to have a bit more character after enduring the storms of life.