Sunday, June 8, 2008

God of Purple Daisies -- Hope Chronicles 49

Last May I was in a very difficult spot emotionally and physically. My friend Mark came by to help me with the lawn. After finishing mowing my lawn, he suggested that we plant flowers in the two cement containers out front. I wasn't against it, but I was somewhat hesitant. I had never gardened. My father took care of all of the outdoor type things. I wondered if I would be able to keep them alive.

We hopped in Mark's truck and went to Mark's favorite store, Mendards. We picked up purple and white wave Petunias. They settled in fast and completely spilled over the pots. Even though I felt a bit like I had the idea of flowers thrust upon me, I found that I enjoyed having them.

This year I ventured out on planting them with two little girls I know, Grace and Elena. I wasn't totally sure what I was doing, but thought we could manage it. Along with the Petunias, I bought two plastic containers to set on the back deck. I opted to fill them with orange and white daisies. I had seen white daisies but never orange before. They turned out very cheery and with the warmer weather have really perked up. I love watching them dance in the sun.

Today I came home from church and began to water the flowers. Much to my surprise, I found a perfect purple daisy nestled in amongst the orange and white ones.

I have seen white daisies. I have seen orange daisies. But I've never seen a purple one. It seems that when we think we know all about how God works, He takes the time to surprise us. In the midst of the business of life, it seems like a gentle reminder that God takes a personal interest in me. He numbers the hairs on my head and knows that my favorite color is purple. It seems He painted it just for me . . . . What a hopeful thought.

How has God gently surprised you lately?

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tiggerdaisy said...

Oh know that my favorite flower is the daisy, but did you know that my favorite color is purple? And that my favorite daisy is the purple colored daisy (the white one is a close second...)?

You have blessed me today, my friend. Thank you!

Prayers and Blessings!

p.s. I hope all is going well as you prepare for She Speaks!

Renee Swope said...

I love daisies and you have inspired me to add some to my yard too. Where did you find the orange ones?

Love God's intimate surprises!

heather said...

In the midst of some extreme sadness and grief over news from a friend, God last night helped me to connect with someone i have always admired, but never gotten the chance to know.

She and I talked for a long time, and at the end of our conversation, realized how much we have in common. And God blessed me with the opportunity to get together with her in a few weeks.

Nicki said...

That is such a sweet thoughtful thing that God did for you!! I love it!

I love to look all around and see "God smiles" on me. Lately through this bible study I'm preparing for our church he has been surprising me with how much He wants to dance with me!! It's such a sweet and precious thing to dream of dancing with the "King" but that's what He's shown me! Yesterday I got out of the car and the wind was swirling around me and it was like a gentle whipser that said, "Let's dance."

Ok sorry for the long comment! Loved this post!!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

A gift of love packaged and sent down from above. I love those precious surprises!