By: Mary Pat Baldauf
With things starting to settle down after the holidays, I’ve finally found time to do some work in my long-neglected yard. My first task was to remove the dead morning glory vines from my back door bottle tree. As I began to cut away the tangled mess, I was surprised to see that the morning glory had gone to seed. As I carefully harvested the seeds, I was taken back to September, 2010, the month I started working out.
At 225+ lbs., working out wasn’t easy. Heck, nothing was easy, really. I was getting up at 4:30 a.m. to get to the gym by 5 a.m., and I didn’t miss a day. When I left, it was dark, and there wasn’t much to see. If there had been, I was still half asleep and would’ve missed it.
When I came back around 7 a.m., I was exhausted, disheveled and sore. Some days I wasn’t sure if I could even walk from the car to the house. But as ragged as I felt, I was always so tickled to be greeted by the mass of morning glories on the back door bottle tree. It sounds a little hokey, but there were days that the thought of those morning glories got me through morning workouts.
Fast forward to the present, and so much has changed. For one, I’m 85 lbs. lighter. What was nearly impossible for me to do that September is now part of my routine. Don’t get me wrong – there are days that I still have to drag myself out of the bed – but getting back is much, much easier.
As I harvested those seeds, I was already looking forward to planting them. I can’t wait to see those morning glories again, but this time, I’ll see them a little differently. Those hand-sized, brightly colored blooms are now a tangible symbol of my success, newly found confidence and strength, both physical and mental.
In closing, I’m reminded of my favorite Bible verse, Psalm 30:5, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Do you have a special symbol that marks your victory over struggle? Do you incorporate it into your life now? How might you use it to encourage yourself on those down days? How might others gain strength from it?