Noticing beauty in the midst of struggle helps us remember unrivaled beauty and order is promised in the heavenly realm. Just across from the Kona campus is a massive royal poinciana. Though it didn’t sport its fiery red blossoms at that moment, I noticed inside the tree’s deep shade, the tendrils from pink-white bougainvillea climbing the branches.
Being overshadowed didn’t daunt the bougainvillea, it is made to climb. Its pink hue shouted “here I am” to the world, though it needs sun to thrive. Where another plant would starve and die, it shouted beauty and creativity. Thriving in the midst of shadows is God’s design, and he also reminds us that all sorrows will cease one day.