My Breck’s spring flower catalog came the other day. The 60 pages of beautiful colorful flowers of all kinds delighted my eyes and heart. It also inspired me to write this letter to THE Flower Maker…
Dear Flower Maker,
I have never written to you before–even though I have enjoyed your amazing artistry since I was a little child. My main question for you is this: How do you do it? How do you come up with all those ideas for the zillions of flowers you’ve made for our world? Even coming up with the ideas would be incredible. But then you bring those ideas to actual life! And not just once–but again and again! Year after year after year! Wow!
Let me tell you what I like most about your flowers. First, the colors!!! I think you’ve succeeded in making flowers in every color imaginable–from a pure white Hellebore to a deep purple Iris, from a fuschia Japanese Bottlebrush to a bright blue Hydrangea, from a vibrant yellow Daffodil to a flashy orange California Poppy, from a rich green Siberian Bugloss to delicate pink Cherry Blossoms–and every color in between. And then you mix and match and blend and swirl the colors in so many surprising and delightful ways.
I am amazed at the shapes and sizes of the flowers you make too: from the tiny white bell-shaped Lily of the Valley to the Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia with its lush layers of pink, yellow, or purple petals.
And then, of course, all those fragrances! How did you ever create such an array of distinct, pleasurable, and unforgettable scents? Just saying their names conjures up their beautiful fragrances in my nose: Gardenia… Rose… Jasmine… Sweet Pea… Wisteria… Lily of the Valley… Plumeria… Magnolia… Honeysuckle… Peony… Lilac… and the list goes on.
I know the colors, shapes, and fragrances often serve a purpose: they attract bees, butterflies, birds and other creatures whose presence pollinates the flowers, thus insuring their reproduction. But, Dear Flower Maker, didn’t you go a little overboard? Aren’t some flowers far more beautiful than they need be? Take the Columbine… the Bleeding Heart… the Dogwood… the Queen of the Prairie… and the Orchid. Someone said that you are “inordinately fond of beauty.” I think your array of flowers proves that!
So, my Dear Flower Maker, what I’m trying to say is this: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You for all the flowers you’ve made to beautify our earthly world. I love them! May we humans never take them for granted! May we continue to cherish their beauty which bestows such pleasure and lifts our spirits. May we gratefully use their beauty to adorn our homes and our yards. May we borrow their beauty to express our love for one another–and our love for You. Thank you again, Dear Flower Maker… And keep up your beautiful, beautiful work!
Are flowers a significant part of your life? Do you grow any or use them in your life?
Do you have any favorite flowers? If so, which one(s) and why? Did any of the pictures of the flowers touch your heart today?
Would you like to say anything to THE Flower Maker?
PS: During Lent, we often choose our sacrifices. But this year, our sacrifices have chosen us–in the form of the coronavirus… Let us offer this short prayer: Creator God, be with us during this world-wide health crisis. Help us to do what we have to do to curb the spread of this virus. Bless our health care professionals, our researchers, our community and government leaders. Bless those already infected with this illness. We pray too for those who have died and for their loved ones. Help us to embrace the personal hardships this pandemic may lay upon us. May we, as a world community, work together, putting aside all selfishness, feelings of superiority, and divisiveness. Keep always before us the great truth that this pandemic underscores: we are all part of One Earth Community no matter who we are or where we live. Amen.
I found a lovely little song by Jaci Velasquez, an actress and Christian and Latin pop singer. It’s called “Flower in the Rain.” For me, the song has overtones of Lent and Easter as well as Psalm 139. And the background pictures are simply gorgeous!
I invite you to share your thoughts below on this reflection, the pictures, the song, or the other responses…