If you happen to drive through Austin, Texas in the Spring you will discover a unique phenomenon. Wildflowers cover the landscape everywhere you look.
You will find them scattered along the freeway, sprinkled through the fields, growing up along the fence lines, and filling the meridians of busy highways.
Blue bonnets, painted daisies, and yellow buttercups cascade over rolling hills.
Bright colors burst up in the middle of the ordinary.
It is breathtakingly beautiful. But it didn’t just happen by accident or by coincidence. The wildflowers were planned for, the seeds were scattered deliberately.
The flowers are there because of the great vision of one woman who was known for her unique compassion and her grace, warmth, and wisdom. After the devastating death of President Kennedy in 1963, the country was in mourning. With the change in presidency, Lady Bird Johnson became First Lady of the United States. She had a strong belief that, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
So she started planting, and she enlisted the help of others to accomplish her goal.
Millions of flowers have been and will continue to be planted along highways across America because of her influence.
Her legacy left a beautiful imprint.
In a time of sorrow and devastation she chose deliberate hope, and she multiplied it as far as she had the capacity to reach.
What seeds might you plant today?
Seeds of hope? Faith? Encouragement?