Sunday, October 3, 2010

Shakin'.. whoa oohh ooohh ooohh.. (Eddie Money) =D

The Eddie Money song "Shakin" comes to mind when I see these beautiful flowers.  They are my favorite and special Spider Lilies that my mom gave to me 14 yrs. ago.  I have blogged about them before.  I planted them in our home's entrance 14 yrs ago and patiently waited..and did I say 'patiently'?  Cause I do not have patience.  Nonetheless.. I did wait for my first bloom for many years.  These delicate flowers do not bloom every year.. In fact, they are more likely to bloom every 4 or 5.  And I have learned patience through waiting for these blooms to arrive every year.  In fact, they bloom so rarely, they are a treat and special blessing when they make their surprise entrance.

I leave the home one day and upon my arrival back home I discover that Thing 1 and Thing 2 have mercilessly dug each and every bulb out of the flower bed and left them scattered and lying all over the place.  To say that I was suprised and angry would be an understatement.  I was a stark raving freakin' Mad Mama!!  They didn't realize what they had done.  The most blooms we have ever had were 2.  Two measily blooms out of something like 17 bulbs.  That's just how delicate and evasive this flower is.  I ran into the house and grabbed a trowel and quickly reset them in the ground.  My mind was shaking cause I thought I would never see these blooms again.  Especially after the most severe of weather we have had here in Central Texas.  The worst drought ever, the 2nd coldest Winter ever, followed by the 1st and 2nd wettest years ever.  Just knew I had kissed those babies goodbye for good.

My mind could only conceive of the shakin' my plants had taken.  I couldn't fathom that they would ever bloom again.  However, this year.. in all of their beautiful splendor, we were treated to many many new flowers.  The most I've ever seen.  They are growing in a different spot.  And my little mind can not deny the lesson that God has set before me.  We need to be shakin' up!!
We need to step out of our comfort zone... out of our comfortable fitting, routine and safe places we prefer to remain within.  How will we ever grow, learn and change if we stay stagnant all the time?  Change is one of the most difficult places I can take myself.  And I will be the first to admit I can try really hard to avoid getting out of my comfort zone more times than is good for me.  I have also learned...

It is good and healthy to look at things from a different perspective.  The new angles and configurations can lend to some great discoveries.  And it might even be the best thing we never thought would occur.    So once again God used my precious kids to teach this hardheaded chick a good lesson or two.. or three.. Who am I kidding?  I am humbled more often than I care to acknowledge.  But God has a wonderful way of teaching good and subtle lessons in a kind  and gentle way sometimes.   Shakin'.. whoa ohh ohh.. That girl was shakin'... snappin' her fingers.......