At my "other" job, my desk sits at the front of office, right next to the entrance. My space (and my face) are the first things customers, vendors, and visitors see when they step foot into our place of business. So, I quite naturally insisted on having an #orchid there to welcome them (and take attention away from the fact that I would have otherwise been the first thing they saw!). Anyhow, one of the most unexpected, but sweet blessings of this little investment has been caring for it and watching the little buds turn to blooms from day to day.
Last night, just as I headed out the door, I noticed one particular bud on the end of the branch that was completely closed up, but looked like it was ready to blossom any day. Well, to my pleasant surprise, I walked in this morning and his beautiful little face had opened up with pride in full bloom throughout the stillness and quiet of the night.
I am so thankful for little truths like this that God can teach me through my passion for flowers. I am reminded how important rest is, and how sometimes the dark and still times are those moments and hours (weeks, days and months) just before we are meant to stretch open our arms and bloom in the morning light.
So, this Labor Day weekend, take some time to sit, be quiet and still, and come back from the break refreshed and with a smile on your face. And if you feel you are in one of those quiet, still or dark times, hold on and remember the orchid--that the morning is coming, and your time to bloom is almost near. Stretch your arms, and let that proud smile make its way across your face once again.
Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!