Saturday, September 17, 2005

Deeply rooted

Meet Uniola paniculata, more commonly called sea oats. Sea oats are a common beach plant, found from southern Virginia through Florida on the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. These tall plants throw down wide, deep roots, which help them survive and serve to stabilize sand dunes along the coast. U. paniculata is a very hardy plant and tolerates the harsh conditions found along the coast - inundation by sea water, salt spray, strong winds, and storm effects.

Most of what I've posted this week has to do with adapting to what nature, as a metaphor for life, throws at you. Perhaps there is some truth to the statement, Whatever does not kill you makes you stronger. A number of blogging acquaintances have or are facing some tough things these days. All I can offer is the example of U. paniculata: Throw down some deep roots into something that will not give way when the times get rough.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Click on photos to enlarge. All photographs © 2005 James Jordan Posted by Picasa

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