While on my morning walk, I happened upon this sunflower, or whatever they call them in the desert. It had taken root on a twelve foot deep, rock-filled terrace, between the privacy wall and the sidewalk. It was an amazing sight, even for Odessa; it was the only growing thing among the rocks that filled the terrace. It reminded me of that old saying, “Bloom where you are planted.”
At the time I noticed the said flower, the sun was behind me and already frying the rocky terrace. Though I was sweating, the flower seemed as happy as a lark. I don’t know if the sunflower was where it had wanted to end up, but it had made the best of it. And, it looked a lot more content than I was.
It is a valuable thing, to bloom where one is planted. Not just for oneself, but also for those who live around you. Like the flower in the picture, blooming brings serenity; when you bloom where you’ve been planted, your contentment becomes contagious. You become the medicine that folks are always seeking. It is exactly what our country needs right now..
As most of you know, Cookie and I were supposed to be in Lewisville by now, hopefully blooming in our new location. Unfortunately, we had moving problems once again. The movers were in an accident on June 29th, as they were driving to our place here in Odessa. Thankfully, they weren’t seriously injured, since it occurred on Interstate 20, three hours east of here. However, the truck and attached trailer careened off the highway, causing substantial damage. And so we had to say adieu to our second mover.
We have now contracted with the Dallas office of “Two Men and a Truck”, and they will be moving us on Tuesday, July 10th. Actually, it will be “four men and two trucks”, a virtual moving army! Fortunately, our duplex here in Odessa is still vacant, so we are renting day to day. Daughter Jen and husband Peter are looking after things in Lewisville, until we actually get there.
Since all our things were packed and sealed in boxes, just waiting to be loaded, we’ve been slowly searching for those essential “needed items”. And, we’re still blooming where we’re planted, albeit being somewhat worn out. The good news is I never disconnected my computer, so at least there is that. And, I’ve got that sunflower if I forget to bloom. It reminds me of Our Savior, and all the blooming that he’s shared with us.
May you each have a safe and happy Independence Day, wherever you’ve been planted!