June 26, 2013
Day 176 June 26, 2013
“Make somewhere indoors seem like it is outdoors.” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin
The name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel.
Have you ever seen a hydrangea quite like this one? I came across it in my garden not long ago. The year before I had planted a very small new hydrangea bush in one corner of the yard. My husband wasn’t aware of this, and not recognizing the tiny plant as anything special he mowed it down. In an effort to make amends to an unhappy wife he bought a new one that was bigger and he planted it where the old one had been. The one he planted, though, already had a few flowers blooming on it so he wouldn’t make the same mistake and mow it down again.
The following year when the hydrangea in the corner bloomed, this is what it looked like….pink and blue and purple! I’m sure there are plenty of scientific reasons to explain the diversity of color, but I believe it was because when he planted the new one the old mowed down one wasn’t removed. It still had life beneath the soil. He had planted his blue one with my pink one that seemed to have been destroyed. Somehow the two plants managed to combine together to create something spectacular and unique.
Isn’t it that way with us sometimes? We get “mowed down”, stomped on, destroyed. It seems like nothing is left. We make amends and we forgive. But its God who sets things right again and what we think of as loss only re-blooms into something more beautiful than ever.
Also this flower reminds me of what can be done when each of us combines our gifts and talents, time and treasure.
Perhaps mistakes are never really mistakes after all, but just an opportunity for God to tell His story of redemption once again.