Insist on Joy

Where I live in the Midwestern U.S., there is a real struggle happening between the remnants of the last frost and the insistence of spring.

Even while there is still snow on the ground in some places, the grass is bright green in other areas. I can feel the trees vibrating as the first buds start to emerge from their branches.Blade of grass through soil

I was searching for a quote to share with you. One that keeps slipping through my memory… about a blade of grass growing and how it fights against the soil just to emerge.

Imagine that: A single blade of grass. A whole field of soil weighing it down. The smallest tip of grass sifting, expanding, reaching, and demanding to grow. It insists upon finding the light and blooming. And it succeeds! Every year. Year after year.

I never found the quote I was looking for. (If you have any ideas about it, let me know in the comments. I’d still like to read it.)

But what I did find was that, like all of nature, there is a lesson for us here.

Finding joy is not a passive endeavor.

Red holly buds on frozen branchesIt requires insistence. It means fixing our attention on the places to which we feel called. It demands that we listen to our calling and move toward it.

We are that blade of grass. We need to sift, expand, and reach. We need to insist on breaking through to the light.



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