The Colorado Columbine is our state flower and my very favorite flower. It just speaks to me of "grit" and "grace" as it grows in our Colorado Rocky mountains. Its beauty is delicate and intricate and it can grow in very adverse circumstances. I've seen them in the shadows under the spruce or aspen trees and I've seen them growing up through cracks in rocks above timberline where it could be cold and windblown.
One definition of "grit" means strength of character, courage and resolve, especially in the face of difficult or painful situations. A definition of "grace" would be elegance, poise, dignity, refinement, and finesse.
Our character is molded by the way we respond to situations, particularly those that are difficult, such as health challenges, financial struggles, family difficulties, etc. I believe the Lord has purpose for everything we are faced with. I believe that, even though it's painful, unwanted and a difficult journey, my health challenges of the past few years have the Lord's purpose. I don't know what that is and I may never know but I want to face it with "GRIT" and "GRACE as only the Lord Jesus Christ can give me. I KNOW HE IS FAITHFUL and HE LOVES ME!!!