How have you been enjoying the summer months? It sure has been hot for most of the country with a lot of states seeing record temperatures extending into the hundreds. I was blessed to have my sister come and visit me in New York last month and it was in the triple digits every day she was here! As I showed her the wonderful sites of the city we literally were carrying around wash cloths in our purses to mop our sweaty foreheads.
Even through the sweltering heat, we laughed, smiled and talked for hours. It was the first time we met face to face. We both share the same father but have different moms and just learned about each other last year. I’m sure some of you remember me writing about her before, but having a sister finally feels real now that we have actually met and spent some time together.
So upon reflection of the lovely gift of true sisterhood that God has given me, I want to focus on the beauty of the amaryllis flower. Consisting of two species and blooming into an array of different sizes, the amaryllis runs the range of many colors from red, pink, orange and white. Most notably, the red and white varieties are used in a lot of holiday arrangements and often given as gifts for Christmas.
Thinking about how I went my whole life without knowing my sister makes me ponder about the complex mysteries of our very existences. Try as we might to plan every moment of our lives, some things just happen anyway with or without our input. That can be a very scary notion as sometimes bad events befall us, but on the opposite end of the spectrum, glorious things can take place as well. Such as meeting a sister you never knew you had or realizing a life-long dream.
When we think about flowers and nature our human minds usually gravitate to how seeds or bulbs are planted and then we fast forward to the finished product. The plant, the flower, the vegetable or the tree. We don’t stop to wonder about the inner life of these things or how their colors and shapes come to be. It just is. We accept it. A tomato is round, red, orange and green and an egg is shaped like an oval and white or brown. Why then can’t we accept each other for who we are or better yet, why can’t we accept ourselves?
Starting this month I’m challenging you to see your friends, family, strangers and yourself as you see the amaryllis flower. As gifts and precious parts of nature that God created for us to enjoy and nurture. When we treat each other like flowers, we all come out smelling like a rose.
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