In The Bulb There is a Flower
Monday, April 30, 2012 at 02:24PM
Cheryl Crotty

Sunday Morning.  Me and mine head off for church. A time to quiet the mind and hopefully get inspired for my week ahead.   I love going to church,  I love my church.  It is old and small and simple.   When I'm there in the building I feel a connection to a great power.   This Sunday though,  my connection was to the tree outside the window.   I sit on the right side of the church,  third row back.  I have a clear shot of that beautiful tree that sits very close to the sidewalk.  Today it caught my eye with it's tiny pink buds.  The light was just right at 10:15 to wander through it's branches.   Today that tree and those branches were speaking directly to me.

The message was a simple one.   Beauty is outside this building.  Beauty is in this tree.  The tree that tells me that we are in the Spring season.  The season of re-newal.   Each year,  for a short time, we are reminded that life and birth go on.  That there is a flower in that bulb and that we should slow down,  breathe that scent in. The hymn that began playing was amazing.  It spoke to me just as the tree did.  I knew that today Mikes' sermon would once again be wonderful,  as it always is,  but I knew today I was taking home the image of that tree and the words of that song.   They told me of God's beauty in the simplest of ways.

I knew as I sat there that I was so blessed.   All I have to do each day is look at my family.   My husband,  my kids and now my grandson.  The smiles on their faces tells me all I need to know about goodness and love. Beauty lives in them and I am grateful.  The tree with it's buds,  the sky, the moon, each star at night,  all tell of an infinite beauty provided for us by a Higher Power.  All we need to do is stop every once in awhile and enjoy it,  giving thanks for such a display of greatness.   I sat in church today with a full heart,  knowing that I can see beauty whenever I choose.   I can take my camera for a walk any day and slow down enough to see what is right there in front of me to enjoy.   I knew that as I left that building yesterday that "it was a good sermon of sight and sound".   I knew also that I had found my subject for Day 29 of Beyond Layers.  

As you travel through this season of re-newal and hope take a few minutes each day and step outside to find the beauty for yourself.   You won't have to go very far,  I think it's right outside your door.


In The Bulb There is a Flower


In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
Natalie Steele 




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