First things first, thank you to the folks in Tina’s Picstory for the nice words they have for my flower entries last week. I got so busy with things at home that I did not even know about the vote results until Sandra of Letters of Muse gave me notice.
I do not like Barberry bushes. They are thorny. I have been poked by their sharp thorns too many times that I am wary of them.
One day, while I was out in the yard, I noticed their overgrown branches extending to our little path and, excuse me, making a nuisance of themselves again. I made a mental note to have them trimmed as soon as I had the time. Then I noticed how the sun shone on their leaves and made the latter glow. And then I noticed the little yellow things arranged neatly in a row on the branches. How pretty those little golden nuggets were as they caught the sunshine. For the moment, I forgot about the thorns, drew closer to the bush, and admired the yellow delights.
More than the flower, I suppose it was the joy of unexpectedly finding something beautiful in something I always thought of as a nuisance that made the difference. It brought to mind that time from long ago when I was a young and harassed lawyer.
One morning, as I was walking to the bus stop to catch a ride to work, my head clouded with all things that needed to be done and with the tedium of the day, I saw a young mother with a little girl in her arms. Somehow, I looked at them and caught the girl’s eye. I was about to look away when she gave me a bright bright smile. I did not know what that smile had, but it brought sunshine into my very soul and lifted the gloom shrouding me. I walked with a little more spring on my steps. My mind opened in prayer of thanks and joy.
I suppose that is where the magic of an unexpected beauty lies: it is a gift from God, an assurance of His love all around.
So today, I pray that you be blessed with beauty from unexpected places and delight in it.
Have a great day.
P.S. The overgrown Barberry branches still need to go though. I am linking again with my favorite Friday place . And I hope that I post the trackback properly this time. I am also linking with . Please head over to these lovely places for beautiful flower photos.