Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Confusion

Here's what's growing in my front flowerbed right now:



Chrysanthemums, of course. It's October.

And gardenias, of course. What? Gardenias? No, that's not right. Gardenias bloom in June. Yet here they are, blooming like crazy in October.

This incongruity has been driving me crazy. I don't think gardenias are supposed to be blooming right now. That's not the way it's supposed to work. I guess it's been so warm that the poor things don't know what they're supposed to do. They're confused, and they're confusing me.

Or maybe these beautiful plants are just getting one last chance to shine before they take their long winter's nap. Maybe, just maybe, I ought to be grateful for the beauty they supply in my life, and not worry about the fact that this is not supposed to happen. Maybe this is just a special gift from God. After all, He's big enough and powerful enough to take care of these plants even if they're confused. Maybe He can make things all right even when they seem hopelessly tangled.

And maybe He can do that for me, too.



"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Matthew 6:28-29).

15 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Now THAT'S a comforting fact....maybe He can do that for me, too??? OF COURSE He can........and besides, gardenias smell sooooooo good! Enjoy!

Suzanne

Carmen said...

How beautiful! Just enjoy them! Definitely a special gift from God. He knows what He's doing. :)

Bee said...

Oh, how wonderful to know that he takes care of me even when I'm confused! Thanks for the reminder.

Marla said...

Oh, I can just smell the fragrance from the last picture as I listen to the pouring rain outside my window. What a wonderful surprise to bloom this time of year.

Thena said...

Gardenia's smell so wonderful. Isn't it great when He reminds us that He's still there even if it is in a flower blooming in the wrong season.

Bonita said...

Oh, honey, smell those wonderful gardenias and forget all about the wrong season! God has given you a beautiful gift,in season or out.

Dawn said...

i love the scent of gardenias! and if you can believe it, i had a dream the other night that i had three blossoms on my tree!
and as for God... yep. i'm sure He knows just what He's doing :)

Terri said...

What a beautiful gift... His timing is always perfect. Blessings!

Charity Grace said...

Gardenias are blooming at my house also!

Christina said...

What a beautiful fall gift. Enjoy them while they last. Such a delightful smell.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

One of my favorite scriptures! Just beautiful...the flowers, the post, the scripture, and YOU!

Love you
~Amanda

Mary Lou Rutledge said...

When I was in high school, those of us who dated boys that couldn't afford an orchid, got gardenias for the prom corsage. It's still my favorite. The smell brings back memories..You're blessed.

Denise said...

Hi Richella, yes my sister Jean is in England :-) I have 2 older sisters and 3 older brothers (actually one is my twin and it's our birthday this weekend too) ;-)
My other sister is 12 years older than me and I'm very close to both of them, all of them actually. I miss them all a lot.
Have a lovely day
(((hugs))))

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Of course, he'd do that for you. :) They are beautiful - just like you.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a beautiful garden. I wish I had a green thumb. Maybe I'll work on it some day.

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