Just a Double Yellow Zinnia

Just a double yellow zinnia. That is a horrible way to describe this! No flower should ever be labeled “just.”

A little seed magically can turn into a beautiful bloom! For example, have you looked at the size of flower seeds? They can be so tiny! And yet, they produce such large, beautiful flowers.

I believe this is a lesson for us. Gardening is a lesson for us. Nurturing something as small as a flower seed will produce greatness.

This reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move… “

Do you nurture your faith and your relationships – especially with Jesus? Do you nurture your goals and plans?

Twenty years ago I was a dang good gardener. I had time, great conditions, and an internal drive to have some of the prettiest gardens around. Then, I moved.

The conditions are challenging, the soil is poor, the heat can be unbearable, and a hot summer wind seems to always blow. I am busier than I have ever been, demands on my time have increased, and my priorities have changed.

It has bothered me that I gave up on gardening. So, I have spent time focusing on my priorities. We all need a reset button now and then.

Next summer, I will have a beautiful garden. The prettiest? Who knows. But as I do a reset on priorities, I will never call a flower a “just” ever again!