|Trillium: the first bloom of these flowers is seven years in the making! Lainey Piland photo|
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
There is scarcely a better illustration of those words than the film below. This time-lapse was filmed by Neil Bromhall over the course of eight months, and captures the transformation of an acorn into an oak tree sapling. Since no human on earth is patient enough to sit and watch this event unfold in real time (confession: I was getting antsy after the first minute with little action), we can watch eight months worth of work condensed into just three minutes:
In eight months, a seed can be transformed into a tree. In nine months, a single cell can become a human. It sounds like a long time to wait while we're in the midst of it, but when one considers the amazing transformation that occurs, this time frame then appears unbelievably brief.
This is a good reminder to be patient: miraculous things can happen over the course of a few months... we don't need to do everything all at once, but as long as we keep moving forward, we'll get there before we know it.