Tiger Lily Sprouts

It’s almost the end of May already and I am loving watching my flower gardens fill in.  We’ve been living at our home for 13 years now, and every year I picked a project to work on and would accomplish in the spring or early summer, and now, many years later, I am starting to really see my visions come alive.  It’s very rewarding!

In some places however, it is almost getting too thick.  I love Tiger Lilies because they are such a vibrant color of orange, and believe it or not, orange is my favorite color, so these flowers really are my favorite.  If you know the flower that I am talking about you are also aware that they multiply like crazy each year, and this year is no different.  They started sprouting out in different places about a foot away from the mother plant.  It’s incredible how they come back stronger every year even after a cold, nasty Canadian winter.  They are hearty little suckers!

As I watch these Tiger Lilies sprout their leafy greens, it made me think that this is very much like our spiritual journeys—sometimes we have to go through a hard time, just like these tough Canadian winters, for us to realize just how important some things are to us.  Sometimes we have to hit bottom in an area of our lives before we learn to lean on God and make him part of our lives before we grow stronger and sprout more shoots from our Heavenly Father.

Just like these Tiger Lilies, if we weather our storms we come back stronger and thicker ready to take on more challenges in our life.  Our roots become stronger in the word of the gospel.  We realize how important this is to our overall growth.

It’s written in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  And that is exactly what we have to do.  Grow in grace and knowledge of the power of the Lord and realize that he is our ticket to eternity.

I will soon be digging up these shoots and transplanting them to other parts of my yard, and it is the same for my growth in my spirituality.  After my last season of hardship was when I started writing these blogs, which is a sprout that has been transplanted to serve in another area—just like my yard.

It’s amazing how life can make sprouts in places you never dreamed of.  I failed writing in high school and hated writing like nothing else, and my marks reflected this.  Now, I could write two or three of these blogs in a day.  Why?  I have no idea where they come from and some days I sit down to write one thing and a totally different thing come out of my fingers as they type.  If I have to tell the truth, it is not me writing these blogs.  There is a much higher power that comes over me when I sit down to my computer.  You’d have to know me before hand to believe it, but I know my high school English teacher would know that it wasn’t me.

Just like my sprouts, you have them too.  We all get better as we age, just like the Tiger Lilies.  As you age, you can grow thicker in your spirituality as you learn to build a relationship with our Heavenly Father.  God is our way to be transplanted from this world to the spiritual world.  The shoots we sprout on Earth are our ticket to Heaven, but we must grow thick in our faith and believe that someday our hard Canadian winters are going to grow us into the people we are meant to become.