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The Persistence of a Weed

Posted on August 30th, 2010

by Dianne May, CEO

The church’s sign said, “Lord, please give me the persistence of a weed.”

Wow, what would it be like to be a weed? To push yourself through an impossibly hard obstacle and stretch your arms to the sun. To bake in burning heat day after day and then glory in a rain shower. To endure repeated cuts and still come back strong.

What would it be like to be a weed? To be as pure and delicate as Queen Anne’s Lace, as blue as cornflowers, and as bright as dandelions.

I’ve decided that weeds are under-valued. I think they have something to teach us. Weeds have adapted over time to survive in places and situations that no one thought would be possible. Cancer can feel like that. Insurmountable, impossible to defeat and yet it happens. People triumph over the disease, sometimes by living long and sometimes by living well. Lord, give me the persistence of a weed.


2 Responses to “The Persistence of a Weed”

  1. James Hart Says:

    I disagree with some of your comment. Weeds did not adapt over time, they were created that way. They were created by God to withstand the heat, drought, and pruning. Just like plants we are created to bounce back. Our bodies are very uniquely created.

  2. Cathy Marcum Says:

    I, too, find weeds to be undervalued! I would be proud to have the perseverence of a dandelion, and the hardiness of buck horn. One of my favorite sights is the chickory that grows in the worst soil, roadside, breathing the fumes of traffic. A simple, beautiful bloom. Makes me smile every time.
    After having been diagnosed with cancer twice in my life, I am happy to say my body is not a hothouse flower, it is a weed that keeps coming on strong!!!

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