The Judith Life

Bloom Anyway

Here in Kentucky, we seem to be on the edges of spring. Every day is another edge, another inch, another moment closer to beauty, lightness, sunshine and warmth.
Then, there are days like yesterday. What was supposed to be a 40% chance of snow in the morning turned out to be an all day freeze fest. Gray, cold, cranky, incorrigible.
If Kentucky were a snow globe, someone is having their funsies shaking it.
It’s taking a toll. We laugh about it, shake our fists. We’ll meme and emoticon it. But, you can tell. The cold, the snow, the unexpected is rubbing us wrong. Things are not going the way we’d planned. Our “over-it”-ness doesn’t seem to affect anything. We name 70 degrees as being spoiled because we’re afraid that so very soon, we will be disappointed again.
We are not okay.
The only ones that seem unaffected by all the emotions and snow are the flowers. My daffodils have been dumped on – twice. Once by the deepest snow that we’ve had all winter (spring). I was worried they would freeze and shrivel paper thin. The snow melted and still, they bloomed. Undeterred. The life within carried them through the cold, gustiness and they rose gorgeous as ever.
It took yesterday for me to realize what these flowers understood. Walking to my car after a long day of work, I noticed blooms on a bush near a side wall. It’s small significant beauty was enough for me to turn and snatch a sample. I lifted the buds to my nose and was overwhelmed with the fragrance. Pink, light, airy, full, and pungent. Everything I loved about spring hit me in a moment.
Then, I got it.
It’s easy to bloom when the sun is out, when the winds are at your back and the crowd is cheering you on. It’s easy to grow when everything is in your favor, when there is time, resources, validation, permission.
When we have everything that we think we need.
Unless. . .
What if, we don’t have to wait? What if we took a lesson from our blossoming teachers, that the best time to bloom is now. The conditions may not be favorable. You may not have the time (when do you ever???), or the resources, or even the understanding. Those elements may not be necessary. But, there is one thing that you will need.
The thing that drives you.
The thing that pulses on the inside that lets you know that now is the time. Today is the day. This moment is where you start.
To bloom.
And bloom anyway. Not waiting for outside forces to tell you where you need to go and do what you need to do.
Had our flowers waited, the bees could not pollinate, which would affect our food supply, which would affect…
What is life telling you to do?
What are you waiting on?
What can you let go of?
Who might be waiting on you?
We are.
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1 thought on “Bloom Anyway

  1. I love this beautiful analogy! Reminds me of 2 Cor 4:8-10:
    “We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair;
    we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.
    We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
    Jesus blooms through us, wherever he plants us!

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