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