My cyclamen bloomed a lovely fuchsia pink. But I bought it with the understanding that it would produce the dark eggplant purple color I love. What a disappointing surprise as the blossoms opened and showed off a deep pink.
But a few days later, the blooms started changing. With time, the cyclamen blooms sported the purple I wanted. I just had to wait for the desired result while the plant morphed through its photosynthetic process.
The correct color was there all along, hidden behind the curtains of time. Only the passage of days would bring out the true richness I longed to see.
Isn’t that so like life?
We start a project, write a story or journal about a dream. Then the project becomes a tree house. The story evolves into a novel. The dream wraps around a destiny.
We share coffee with a friend which eventually grows a relationship that adds color and joy to our lives.
We say, “Yes” to Jesus and end up living a life abundant with more grace giftings than we ever thought possible.
One circumstance morphs into another, delighting us with the spontaneity of change and surprising us with the richness of the final result. Living within the surprises of life adds more fun than carefully structured days that grow old and boring in their regularity.
Perhaps we could also give permission for change to others — the opportunity to morph into a richer version of themselves — in time.
Wouldn’t that attitude change how we relate to our children when they seem stuck in the teen years? “Grow up!” we want to scream. But that is exactly what they are doing.
What if we give permission for change to those in authority over us — to the systems of our society stuck in transitional puzzles. It takes time for people and systems to learn how to change. As we morph into the people we long to be, we need to give daily grace.
What if we live in the joy of the surprise and truly learn that expectations do not always bring the best results.
As we gradually grow into hope and faith, we learn how to apply patience. We move into the next seasons of life and accept the things we cannot change.
If we could practice patience and apply grace to ourselves and others, within our world and its destinies — perhaps we could live better lives and embrace the hidden hope of each day.
The blatant ugliness recorded on social media proves nothing except that we all need to grow up. Our freedom to express opinions is a gift.
But why use that freedom to destroy another soul?
How can we grow to become our true color and exhibit the creative beauty God gave us if we don’t give each other the necessary time to morph into our best selves?
No matter how much unraveling we experience, no matter how COVID-19 changes us, we do possess the integrity and the wisdom to grow internally. We can grow our inner texture and let it brighten our souls.
We CAN change into who we should really be.
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