We’ve had the joy of grand children visiting this week, and Iris was especially taken with the sunshiny water lilies blooming around the edge of our lake,so we picked a couple and put them in a vase to adorn our tea room table. We all enjoyed their cheery presence, but many wildflowers only bloom for 1 day,so I wasn’t overly surprised or disappointed when I woke up the next morning and found that they had totally closed up. Not wanting Iris to find them and be disappointed, I threw them in the compost bin and went about making breakfast.However, to my great delight and surprise, I discovered not long after that they’d just been sleeping, and even in the dark amidst the garbage, they bloomed again!Quick as a wink I rescued them, washed them off carefully, and set them afloat again in the vase with some fresh water. Aren’t they lovely? Every life is precious…even those who’ve lost their bloom and been discarded.
Lord, please energize us to bloom and re-bloom, even when it’s dark and dank,
and may we be quick to help others who are caught in ugly messes.
“Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted” (Galatians 6:1, HSCB).