Last week one of our members took this picture of a flower blooming out of a storm sewer on Park Ave. If you look closely, you will see it’s growing out of a nest of dead branches and leaves stuck in the opening of the gutter. Somehow a seed landed in the brush pile and grew to be a beautiful flower.
The member posted this picture on Facebook and shared that it was a God sighting for her. A friend of hers commented that they saw the flower as a sign from heaven. I smiled when I saw it, because I too saw God in it. What do you see in this flower blooming in the opening to the sewer?
I see that when life drags us into the gutter, and even if we get stuck there, we can still bloom! God places seeds of hope in our hearts, directs living water to renew our spirit, and shines the light of love upon us so that we can bloom wherever we are. We are never without hope or help.
Many people feel trapped and see no way to turn things around. Many are caught up in the belief that the grass is greener everywhere else. And everyone seems to have an itch for something they don’t already have.
We would be much better off if we learned to bloom where we were planted. Joy and happiness is not somewhere out there. We make our happiness through our choices, choices to make a difference with our lives, and choices to receive and share God’s love.
When we choose to bloom, we choose light instead of darkness, love instead of hatred, hope instead of despair, and peace instead of violence. Then when we bloom, we too are blessed. God blesses us to be a blessing.
Imagine what would happen if we all bloomed with God’s love. Imagine if we bloomed in our families, our jobs, our schools, and in our churches. I see God in this flower blooming in the gutter despite the storms, and I have hope for a better and brighter world.
I will see you in church, and remember, God loves us more than we can ever imagine, and I love you too. Bloom!