When we moved into our home 24 years ago it was winter and I did not know until spring how many flowers were planted around my home. I opened the door one day and my yard was blooming in living color. Peony’s, roses, day lilies, irises, alium, jonquils, daffodils, crocuses and tulips were popping up everywhere I looked.
The first spring and summer were an absolute delight to me…a new surprise flower every other day could almost take my breath away. I loved those flowers! I coveted every bloom and protected them like they were my children. At the time these flowers were for looking at, outside in their natural habitat. I did not cut them and put them in vases because most of the flowers had a specific blooming season and I felt cutting them would shorten their time to shine.
The flowers were beautiful but, I was not allowing myself to enjoy them like I should have…the little girl across the street was fascinated by the flowers and she would come over and pluck one or two. I did not like this and made sure her mother knew I did not want Tracey stealing my flowers. My sister-in-law would come to my house, scissors in hand wanting to cut some of the roses for her house and I did not like this…I wanted every one of those “bloomin” flowers left exactly where I felt they were intended to bloom.
I was allowing these beautiful flowers, that I did not even plant, become something very ugly within me. I was not willing to share them with anyone and I could not even enjoy them because I was constantly guarding them from outside invaders. As I look back on this I feel pretty petty and I am not even sure why I felt this way about the flowers. Although, they were planted in my yard…God created them for everyone to enjoy. I am just their caretaker here on earth, right now, for the season God has granted them to bloom.
God does want me to bloom where He has planted me but He also wants me to be willing to spread the fruits of my planting with others. I am blessed to be a blessing to others. I am not supposed to be stingy with anything He brings into my life…not even flowers. I am to pass on His love to other people in my life and the flower I plant in someone’s life today could be the path that leads them to blooming eternally for Him.
I have to tell you that I share my flowers now…I even allow myself to enjoy them. Usually my flowers start blooming around Mother’s Day…this year we were blessed with Easter flowers. So I am sure you can understand how thrilled I was when I received this beautiful vase from the (in)courage site from their April Inspired Deals. As it says on the vase…
“He has made every beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Exactly the point He has been trying to make to me all this time. (I love the coaster’s I received with the vase too!)
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