You met Lori, the Zinnia – a splashy annual who came to grips with her life and made it work for the glory of God.
Can you relate? Can you identify with her impermanent status, moving often, from kitchen-to-kitchen, perhaps more than fourteen kitchens in as many years of marriage?
Due to jobs or relationships, perhaps you’ve moved against your will, or by choice, more than once.
How did you do?
Lori reacted as many would, at first:
“…I often hesitate to get too involved in people’s lives because I don’t know how long I will be here and I can’t see the project through to the end, so to speak.”
The tendency to cocoon is real. Stay inside. Don’t make friends. Why bother, really? You won’t be here long enough to really know and be known, anyway.
That’s the crux, isn’t it? We want to be known. And that takes time. So.
Lori wrestled with that so and that what and here’s how she won:
She identified the fight:
Lately, I have been thinking that’s just Satan’s way of tying my hands.
She accepted the facts:
“You know the saying, ‘Bloom where you are planted.'”
She outlined her vision:
“I decided I don’t want to just bloom, I want to make and cast seeds!
She claimed her identity:
“I, on the other hand, seem to be an annual. Annuals have a short and fast lifespan. They know they are only here for a season so they make a big splash of color for the year, making seeds as quickly as they can and re-seeding madly. When you deadhead them they just keep blooming and making those seeds until the frost stops them short.
She knew her purpose:
They serve A WONDERFUL PURPOSE in a garden. What would we do without Marigolds and Zinnias and Bachelor Buttons and Alyssum?
She followed her calling:
“Just because they are here for a short time doesn’t mean they don’t do what they were called to do.
She celebrated and shared:
“After much thought (maybe ten seconds) I decided I like the idea of being a Zinnia. Marigolds are a close second, but I just love the vibrant colors of Zinnias. So, that is what I am, and it is amazing how encouraging that whole thought process was for me.”
Way to go, little sister. You have much to teach me. I may not be moving anytime soon, but I always want to be throwing seeds and planting beauty.
There’s much to be said for a splashy bit of color. Especially when you know you belong to God and you live each day, each moment for Him.
How about you? On the road again? Surrender and yield, flower of God. You will know and be known by Him and for Him. And that will be enough.
“The main responsibility of a believer is yieldedness.”
Mentoring provided by my sister, Lori today. I hope you enjoyed it with a cup of coffee and a seed catalog nearby.
To demystify mentoring, here you go: Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide to Coming Alongside. You’ll need to talk to Lori to demystify gardening. That’s all.