Free to Bloom

I bought them on faith. Back in April, beautiful tulips called to me as I approached the self-checkout at Kroger. I love to smell the flowers that grace grocery stores. If I can smell their sweet scent, I have to restrain myself not to buy them. I had to see if these tulips smelled good. They did.

I noticed that some had already bloomed. They were a gorgeous hot pink with white edges. Other bunches had partly opened blooms. So I went for one of those sets. Although the “sell buy” date on the sticker told me that maybe I shouldn’t spend three dollars to take them home, I hoped that they would bloom eventually and live longer than the already bloomed flowers.  I believed in what they could become.

When I got home, my faith waned. Will they really open? I thought. Maybe the sell-buy sticker was right, and I should have  bought the other set. I trimmed the stems and put them in water. I set the vase next to a window and let twilight beckon them to open. A few minutes later I returned, and all five flowers had opened, some smiling more brightly than others. They smelled the sweetest of any flowers I had found for years.

I smiled and thanked God. He doesn’t give up on us, His flowers. We may look like we’re not going to bloom and we’re past our prime—past the best chance of growth or usefulness. Maybe we’ve struggled too long with a particular burden, or worry has chased away our joy and along with it, our sweet “scent.” Our “sticker” may tell others to pass us by and not hope something good will come from us.

But God knows how to make us flourish. A little sunlight, some fresh water, and some warmth. His love and power can flow into our souls and revive us. We start to bloom—and smell good—and God can use us to progress His will on earth. We can point to our Gardener and share about His healing touch and saving grace. In God’s garden, we’re free to bloom, we’re able to flourish, and we have Someone who cares for us and knows what we can become.

 

© Copyright 2016 by Katy Kauffman

hope, renewal, growth, burdens, worry, God’s grace, Free to Bloom, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Comments (18)

  • anon

    Your post is a sweet smelling reminder of God's lovingkindness toward us. Thanks, Katy.

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Ah, thank you, Connie. I appreciate your comment!
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Glad our Master Gardener knows us and never gives up on us. Great reminder of His love towards us!!!

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Beth! I am grateful for His healing touch.
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    This post made me think of John chapter 15. God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. If we want to grow and produce fruit, we must remain attached to the vine and let the Gardener have His way in our lives.

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    I love that, Beckie! Thank you for this comment. When we are connected to the vine, we can bloom!
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Katy, I've been enjoying fresh hydrangeas out of our yard all month, and this post is a beautiful reminder that God does desire for His children to blossom well and leave a fragrant aroma of His presence wherever we go. Great post. ~Melanie

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Melanie! Hydrangeas are my favorite. Especially blue ones. Thank you for your comment!

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Katy, this is a great picture of God's love for us. I'm so glad you didn't give up on the flowers, and so glad He doesn't give up on us. Thanks for this visual and reminder.

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Amen, Crickett! God does not give up on us ever. 

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    What a great analogy for the way God created us to bloom with the beauty of our unique design and purpose. Whenever my husband brings home a houseplant as a gift, I always worry I will kill it. I usually do, gifted with a talented black thumb. So glad God's design for my life doesn't depend on my black thumb!

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    That's funny and true, Ginger. God's design and execution of it is dependent on His expertise and our cooperation with His work. Thank you for your comment!
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    This is a beautiful image and beautifully written, too. Thank you for sharing it!

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Heather!
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    What beautiful flowers! God brings unique beauty out of each of us.
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Yes, He does! Thank you, Sherry.
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you so much for this beautiful post. I love it!
     
     

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Jedida!
     

    Jun 06, 2016

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