Background: I am not an outdoorsy person. I am an indoor girl. I am working on becoming more of an outdoors girl since I have two boys and being outside is "home" for boys. That being said, I am really not great at landscaping and growing things. Well after Alexis passed away, our church friends brought a tree and planted it up the hill in our yard, my mom and mother-in-law put together a beautiful garden (Alexis' Garden), and they filled different pots with flowers (a blue pot for Luke, a red pot for Lee, a purple pot for me, and a cute pot my sister gave me on our front porch). Well needless to say, everything sort of went "dead" because I did not water it for the winter.
I am doing a Bible study at church with some amazing ladies. It's called The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. In the book it talks about inspiration and being inspired by God's creation. Since it is Spring, things are starting to bud and come back to life. Well I looked in my flower pot on the front porch the other day and everything in it was dead but there was one beautiful perfect purple flower that had bloomed. Purple is my favorite color by the way. I thought of it as a great symbol of life. Life can seem pretty dead and yucky and mucky at times. Face it, we go through some crap living in this fallen world. But there are always purple flowers in the midst of all the weeds. God provided that flower to me on that day for a specific reason. I believe He gave that flower to me to say, "Hey Ashley, I know your life has a lot of yucky at times, but I want you to know that I am always here."
I am thankful for purple flowers, yellow butterflies, and a whole other host of things that God uses to reveal Himself to me through His creation. He is so good.
A Scripture to think about:
The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands. – Psalm 19:1