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Every day brings news that can be disheartening and challenging. We push through each day hoping the next one will be better or at least bring brighter news.

In the stillness and darkness of the early morning, I begin to face the current challenge head on, but I become distracted when my eyes land on something across the room.

One bloom sits on my Christmas cactus plant in beautiful perfection. One bloom.

My cactus plant has been a source of delight and wonder since it was given to me many years ago. Getting up from the couch and setting my reading down, I wandered over to examine my plant more closely. Not a single bud anywhere else on the plant to be found. All I would be getting this time was one perfect bloom.

One bloom was all it took to consume my thoughts and bring a few lessons:

  • Bloom in and out of season. Most Christmas cactus plants bloom once a year in November or December. This one seems to bloom whenever it feels like it, thus it blooms more than once and sometimes, just the one bloom. Today it spoke to me how we are to to do the same thing – bloom and spread joy as needed. “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2, NASB).
  • Bloom as God wills. Although the plant has a typical time to bloom, there are also times of unpredictable blooms. And so it is with our lives, we bloom and bear fruit as God wills and directs. Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that” (James 4:13-15, NASB).
  • Blooms bring joy. Whenever my plant blooms, it always brings such joy and delight. The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus It will blossom profusely, And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy” (Isaiah 35:1-2, NASB).

These blooms and this season that is springing open before us (yes, the pun was intended!) reminds us to trust God and Him alone. He is the One who has created all of nature.

He designed the rhythm of the seasons of this world and of our lives,
so that we bloom!

Last week Lois Flowers shared a beautiful post inspired by her lovely Christmas cactus plant. She shared this thought: “Joy comes in the morning. Maybe not tomorrow morning, but some morning down the road, it will come.” Read her entire post > HERE.

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