Each year, I excitedly wait for the frozen ground to thaw and spring to return so that I can again have a beautiful garden of flowers. While in our previous home, I planted a lovely little flower bed and a garden in the back. Each spring, we watched the bulbs popping up green through the earth gifting us with gorgeous blooms. Then every fall we enjoyed ripened, juicy blackberries from our thornless bushes in the backyard.
Now, at our new home, my new flower beds are bare. Last summer, we were only able to pick a handful of strawberries off of our freshly planted strawberry plants. This year, only a couple of bulb flowers poke up through the ground teasingly.
Yesterday, my children and I went outside to plant spring flower seeds, resolving that not another year will go by without a blooming garden. It was a beautiful day. After a downpour the night before, the sun beamed through the clouds in a radiant, clear sky. The ground was saturated from the previous night’s storm.
Little hands poked holes in the loosened mud in anticipation of planting tiny seeds into the earth. Kids chattered, found worm friends, and had a good time in the mud. A little voice broke through the mumbled conversations, declaring, “Daisies grow faster than roses!”
This phrase jumped out at me and found a home in my heart. You see, I have 7 adopted children, four daughters and three sons. All of my daughters are named after flowers. Coincidentally, it was Daisy who pointed out to Rose which flower grows faster. Oh, how profound that little statement was!
Daisy joined our family at 5 years old and adjusted quite well. Rose arrived at 4 years old and has struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an attachment disorder, and ADHD. Before becoming members of our family, these two little girls had nothing in common. They came from two different countries, had two different cultures, even spoke different languages. They have completely different stories of how they came up for adoption. They are truly different flowers, both beautiful in their own ways, blossoming at different times into the lovely little girls that God made them to be.
“Daisies grow faster than Roses,” kept running through my head that day. Such a simple concept, yet many times I have caught myself thinking, “Why can’t Rose be further along in her attachment? All 6 of our other children adjusted faster. What is different with her that it is so much harder?”
I am so thankful that my small 5 year old offhandedly made this remark because it has helped me come to a better place with my children and those around me. Each of us are uniquely made. We grow at different paces and need pruned at different times. Some may produce flowers each year from one large bulb, some may have their own root system to flourish consistently, and others may need tiny seeds planted year after year.
No matter where you are in your growing and pruning process, remember that you are still a beautiful flower. Sometimes it just takes some of us longer to bear fruit. Keep planting. Keep growing. Keep believing the flowers bloom and the fruit will come, for that hope is how you raise up a garden.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
What are you hoping for today? Raise up a garden, my friends, and keep patiently hoping in the unseen.
See You In The Round,
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