In digging up several overgrown crowded Iris clumps and splitting them, I have been able to plant several dozen Iris in different places, even some new colors given to me.
I love Iris.
They grow in almost any kind of soil.
They like it dry.
They require very little work--a little food, a little water....
They bloom in the spring when beauty and color are much appreciated.
And they bloom big!! Really BIG.
Which means they make for great pictures.
But aren't His surprises, His blessings, His graces that are lavishly bestowed on His children more than we could ever imagine. And they come at the most unexpected times in our lives.
Times when there has been loss,
Times when we have been hurt,
Times when we are without answers.
Times when He wants us to know that we are loved.
Times when He wants us to know that He knows all about what is going on,
Times when we are fearful of the unknown.
He never changes.
He is always here with us.
He will always provide for us---more than we ever thought.
Isn't God good....
So once again as winter approaches, I know that when I look out on my frozen garden,
covered in snow and ice,
colored brown and grey with no hint of color,
with no sun to warm the earth....
I will know that underneath that cold surface there lies the makings of a beautiful explosion of color and surprise come May and June. Of color that responds to spring warmth because of winter's fearful cold holding them in bondage for a short time. Why?? So their inner beings could be renewed, so their time clocks could be set, so the bugs would die, so they could regain their strength as they lay quietly waiting for His signal to come forth.
And once again I will get out my camera and my Bible. My footsteps will be quiet as I walk through the garden enjoying and marveling over the wonder of what God does each and every year. And I will remember, always remember that hope comes out of pain, life comes out of death, warmth comes out of cold and hope springs forth from fear.
Thank You, for the hope of the coming spring,
for the encouragement that in your plan for us,
for the flowers that will bloom again by your plan and purpose,
each year, each spring, by your grace, in your time. AMEN
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
II Corinthians 4:16-18
Romans 8:24-25 "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
The following poem describes the Iris and its beauty.
Iris, most beautiful flower,
Symbol of life, love, and light;
Found by the brook, and the meadow,
Or lofty, on arable height.
You come in such glorious colors,
In hues the rainbow surpass;
The chart of color portrays you,
In petal, or veins, of your class,
You bloom with the first winter,
With the last, in the Fall, you still show;
You steal the full beauty of Springtime,
With your fragrance and sharp color glow.
Your form and beauty of flower,
An artist's desire of full worth;
So Iris, we love and crown you,
MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER ON EARTH!!
by Edith Buckner Edwards