Last year I was working in my yard when I noticed a beautiful red peony all by itself right next to my patio. I had no idea where it came from but I was so happy to see it. I have been battling my big backyard and really felt like every attempt to plant backfired. Things died and never returned. I was getting to the point of sheer discouragement when out of the blue this beautiful flower popped up! My picture makes it look hot pink but it is a vibrant red which is my favorite color.
These are the moments that give me hope. These are the times that I feel like God sends me a special surprise. All that I could think of whenever I looked at it was the glory of God’s creation. I blessed the birds that may have left it there, the winds that may have carried it, the soil that harbored it and in my gluttony I asked for more. This year I got more.
For me the flower represents the the realization of things hoped for. If I continue on my garden work, perhaps the earth will bless me. Just so, as I continue on my spiritual journey, perhaps God will bless me with the beauty of a Peony. So that when others see me, they see the work of God in me.
A long way to go for sure! But I am willing to wait.