A visual parable. Is there such a thing?
Well, for me, I think I experienced one. I’ll call it "The Parable of the Nipped Bud."
Yesterday, while at work, a child handed me a large Hibiscus bud. The petals were tightly wrapped and unopened. Apparently, he had just pulled it right from the bush with only a tiny nub of a stem attached. It was a gift from a small and tender heart. I sniffed the closed bundle of petals; there was a pleasant scent. Next, I placed the teardropped-shaped wad on a somewhat cluttered table.
Then, I forgot about it….
It remained on the table throughout the night in darkness. When I arrived at work this morning, my duties were primarily in a different building. After a few hours, I found myself back in the room with the table–the one with the flower bud.
Suddenly, my eyes fell on a beautiful peach colored Hibiscus flower, fully bloomed to perhaps 4 inches in width, lying on the table.
The image before me shot straight to my heart.
Even though it was dying, it bloomed.
It bloomed without water to nourish it.
It bloomed, using its very last bit of moisture and energy.
It unfurled its hidden petals to expose the beauty that God had given it.
It bloomed on purpose, despite the fact that irreparable damage had occurred.
It accomplished what God had intended it to do—to bloom, and give glory to God through its existance.
If a tightly packed flower bud can still bloom with its moisture cut off, separated from its nourishment, lying on a table in the dark, what does God expect me to do?
Should I dare to give up on any given situation, just because the circumstances are less than what I had hoped for?
Should I not bloom in life, purposefully, with a will to accomplish what God intended for me to do?
Should I continue to bloom until the last bit of who I am is fully dedicated to God?
When I saw the bloom, I quickly filled a cup with water and gently placed it there. I brought it home to allow it to continue its silent speech, reminding me to be courageous and committed, knowing that God does indeed have a purpose for my life.