Scripture: Jesus said, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
. . . shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Mt.
I have an iris
in bloom! No, not outside in the cold, but inside the house. It was not
my intention to bring the flower into bloom. The iris bed was
impacted, and had a root-spreading grass choking them. So I dug them up,
and put them in a tub with the intention of transplanting them. Well, things
like a bout with a cold and bronchitis sidelined my good intentions. When
the weather turned to subfreezing, I moved the tub into the garage. Later,
when I returned to the flowers, lo and behold, there was one with a bloom
on it. What to do? Pot it!
So developed a Seed for Thinking. Quite likely,
the trigger that caused the plant to bloom was exposure to the freezing
weather before I moved it inside. Many plants and seeds are like that. While
we often complain of the cold, freezing weather, we would not have many
of the plants, flowers and fruits that need to have that “deep freeze” treatment
to properly develop. In fact, if we want to “force” some flowers
to bloom out of season, we have
to expose them to conditions that are not considered to be normal care.
Some require a period of cold, even freezing temperatures, while others
need a period of darkness or dryness. Seems cruel to treat them that way,
Certainly we as people don’t need to be subjected to
conditions like a plant to get better in life. Never-the-less, “Troubles,
we have some,” to quote the words of the song, “On The Wings of A Dove.”
The evidence of our faith is not whether we have troubles, but whether we
are able to react to troubles without anger and despair.
Think back to when you were a baby. What obstacles
faced you? Could you walk, talk, dress yourself? Of course not! But you
overcame those “problems” over time, through trial, and with encouragement.
Think of all the things a child accomplishes by the time they enter “school.”
There are many times of crisis and tribulations along
life’s journey. Teenagers are noted for the struggles of adolescence,
which ultimately lead to maturity.
Marriage, parenthood, and the aging
process might be compared to freezing, drying, and darkening conditions
for plants. Times of stress, yes, yet many people bloom and flourish in
spite of - indeed, because of- that shock to their systems.
“O ye, of little faith, look to the flowers
of the field.”
December 10, 2000
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