Good Morning, God
Saturdays usually involve a trip to the KCC Farmer’s Market. FOOD is the Star — with the international assortment of visitors the audience. On the way I pass the Cactus Garden. I confess, God, to me plants with SPINES are off putting.
But there appeared one day a small “family” of Madagascar palms (technically caudiciforms). They weren’t planted too close to each other — and the spine count on their trunk put all the other cacti to shame. They each have a Tuft of Green Leaves above their spine lined trunk. I found them oddly endearing. I mean, God, why did I even think of them as a family?
Then yesterday morning as I was leaving the Farmers’ Market I glanced up at them and stopped! I stared — puzzled. At first I thought someone had put flowers on two of them — or maybe it was just paper blowing by that had gotten caught? I climbed up the bank and peered closely.
They were flowers! AND they were clearly growing out of the top of the green tuft of leaves. I kept walking around them — taking photos — and trying to reconcile the delicate white blossoms with the spine covered trunk.
It came to me, God, that there are people just like these Madagascar Palms. Spiny. Difficult to get close to. But just like these palms they are capable of amazing surprises.
I have found the flowering of the Madagascar Palms a hopeful image. May they remind me not to judge people — or palms — by their spiny exteriors.
And, God, may YOU help me to remember that YOU CAN bring up delightful flowerings from difficult situations.