Jump-Started with Pansies

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)

Walking down the long entryway, I trudged toward my workplace once again. Because of my ten-hour work days, gridlocked commutes, and overloaded work schedule, I had become irritable, weary, and unhappy. Seeking a pick-me-up, I scanned my surroundings. However, I was unaware of how soon my weekday trek would change.

Approaching the building, I spotted endless rows of beautiful lavender and purple pansies. Like a marching legion, they stood in uniformity. What a privilege to be ushered into the building by an army clothed in my favorite color. I looked at them in awe and thanked God. Immediately, I claimed this splendor as God’s special blessing for me.

Consequently, the first few minutes of my workday became easier to bear. I found myself responding to perfunctory greetings with newfound vigor. During the day, I watched my attitude improve as my thoughts revisited that valiant army clad in royal hues. Although insignificant to many, purple pansies were the jolt of energy I needed to jump-start my day.

At one time or another, we each have received small, personal gifts from God that uplift and bless us or bring moments of happiness to our unique circumstances. Whether we see something peculiar that brings a smile to our face, smell a pleasing aroma that calms our senses, or gaze in awe at God’s creation, we have experienced our sovereign God in distinct ways. Our heavenly Father cares about us, wants us to be happy, and sends the perfect gift, just when we need it most.

Dear Lord, you are indeed awesome. Thank you for showing me your love and care through unexpected blessings that cater to my specific situation. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.