Yesterday, as I’m walking into work, I see this small purple petunia. I knew there was a story behind it…then I noticed it again this morning. What’s so special about this petunia, you ask? Well, it was amongst a row of red rose bushes, right there at the corner of the flower bed. Just one stem, one pretty little flower, yet clearly out of place. No. A petunia is not a weed, but keep in mind that ‘anything that does not grow where it’s suppose to, is a weed’.
You may recall my garlic post about the garlic that grew in my front yard – a weed, verses the garlic that we cook with. I have a passion for gardening and a deep dislike for weeds. But I’ve come to find that some things we view as beautiful, just aren’t, not unless they are in their right element. Our beauty flourishes when we are in the right place. Funny. You would think I’d have said weeds are annoying unless they grow in the right place. Either way, the point is the same.
I think we are all weeds at some point in life. We let our situation hinder our growth. We bloom where we aren’t meant to bloom. We spin our wheels thinking we can force a square into a circle. But we shouldn’t spend our precious time worrying about the ‘what if’s’ – cuz Lord knows, in this world, there are plenty of those. Don’t minimize the journey. The bad times, the trying times…they all have the potential to lead us to the path we are suppose to take. Enjoy the rain and let it grow you as a person. The quicker we realize we are not in control, the sooner God can transplant us to where we need to be.
In case I’ve lost anyone in this post, here is what that petunia said to me: Although pretty and fragrant, I’ve been a weed for far too long, in situations where I was not meant to bloom. As my readers know, I went on a dating hiatus back in June 2010. Through this, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I feel like a beautiful rose. I am blessed and so very thankful; even thankful for the down times because I think there is where I have learned the most. I know what it’s like to feel like that petunia. And I know that it is God’s grace and mercy that transplants me to where I need to be – right here, right now. Stick around. This is just the beginning.
“Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.” ~ Proverbs 20:13
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”~ Jeremiah 29:10-12
“I have found the one whom my soul loves.” ~ Song of Solomon 3:4