Of Buds and Roots…

It’s mid-April. Drizzling rain and cold wind send a shiver down my spine as I run from the house to the greenhouse.

It’s been a rough morning and this weather is not helping my mood.

I dash into the greenhouse and quickly close the door. It’s warm inside. The heaters are running and the sight of happy green seedlings lift my spirits. Some geranium cuttings I planted a few weeks ago catch my eye. They’re sending up clusters of buds. They want so much to bloom.

I stand in awe at the little plants’ enthusiasm to bring beauty to the world.

But as much as I want to see those blooms, I know they must grow bigger root systems before pouring their strength into flowering. I reach down and snap off a bloom stalk, then another…

Why?” the little plants seem to say. “Why have you taken our beauty? Why have you left us barren?”

I quietly whisper, “It’s not time yet.” then pause to look at the buds in my hand.

A wave of sadness sweeps over me...

These buds will never bloom. It feels cruel to take them away.

Feelings of inadequacy and discouragement bubble up, reminding me of the many times I felt my dreams plucked away.

Why is life so hard? It seems something goes wrong every time I start to get ahead. Why do I even try…

Then a kinder, wiser voice comes from within. “You can’t choose what happens in life, but you always have a choice.”

Growth happens outside our comfort zone. Something must happen to wake us up or change our current direction, just as stopping growth in one area allows a plant to focus on areas that need growth the most.

Setbacks don’t mean I’m incapable or unworthy. They help shift my focus to things that matter most. Problems and difficulties can knock me down or help me grow stronger. The choice to grow is mine alone.

When life sends a curveball, I can choose to sulk or grow.

I’m learning to turn inward and upward. To be patient with myself and content with the small progress I make each day.

The time is not yet. I need to stop trying to bloom long enough to grow roots.

Growth takes time and effort. I must trust the process.

I set the stems in the compost bucket with quiet reverence, say a quick prayer of gratitude for a lesson learned, then turn back to my greenhouse chores. Plucked buds break down to feed future flowers.

The geranium plants will be covered in large resplendent blooms in a month. But for the next few weeks, as the little plants sit green and flowerless, I know they are growing roots.

Thought or comments? Post them below…

15 thoughts on “Of Buds and Roots…”

  1. Irene Cornish

    So good to read this morning. The message was very timely for me. I was feeling guilty about having taken time recently to “grow my roots” rather than jumping into a situation. Your post helped me realize that it was the necessary thing to do. Thank you for sharing. ❤️

  2. Maria Quintal

    Beautifully said and full of such wisdom. One can apply it to all areas of life
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts in such a meaningful way!

  3. I really needed this today. Thank you for posting. I am facing open-heart surgery next week and my roots certainly need strengthening. Life has gotten in the way, and I now have no choice but to slow down and let God be my strength. I will only be strengthened through keeping my focus on Him. Thank you – this was very inspirational!

    1. James R. Luck

      Joni, thank YOU for sharing what God is doing in your life. Since you shared, I will be praying for your surgery, as I would hope many others will also. James.

  4. Alyssa,
    You’re a very deep & profound thinker and writer. Enjoyed reading and digesting very much. Thank you.

  5. Debbie Turner

    Oh, wow! This speaks to precisely the struggle I wrote about this morning, in a group I’m in. The struggle of overwhelm when goals seem impossible, and having to give attention to one thing while taking away attention from something else. This was so good!

  6. Bethany Sweet

    Your words could not be more timely!
    Thank you for sharing. This morning I turned to the Lord asking for help in a situation.

    Only to find this in an email.

    Thank you

  7. ….What a Wonderful First Read of the Day!…Brings some Perspective to a Dreary day…The Best Is Yet To Come!!!….

  8. You are as good with words as with your plants. Thank you for your wise inspiration! I needed that!

  9. Thank you for the awesome and inspiring thoughts. It sent me from being sad at first to seeing there is hope and purpose in our lives.

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