After changing the water and filling the feeder, I looked back over to the spot where the flash came from. Cardinal? No! It was even better than that. I rushed to get my camera so that I could share this sight with each of you!
On Christmas Eve the Smith family gathers for dinner and a gift exchange at my mother-in-law's house. We have a limit of $10 for the gift. Two Christmases ago, John Albert received a box which contained two pots, some dirt, paper white bulbs and an amaryllis bulb. He was thrilled.
We brought them home and planted them the next day and waited for them to bloom. And bloom they did! They were magnificent.
Well, the pots ended up being put outside when the weather warmed and were, sadly, forgotten. Thinking that the plants were dead I tossed them, dirt and all, into the woods to compost. Clearly the amaryllis had other plans!
The bulb, rejuvenated by heavy spring rains, sent roots down into the leaf mould where it found an abundance of nutritious earth. The bulb, as you can see, lays on top of the ground but the roots are solid. This little plant took advantage of its surroundings, drew in the goodness that was around it and fulfilled the measure of its creation by sending up a bounty of beautiful blossoms.
Had I not walked that particular path this morning to the hen house, I would have missed the flash of red, and in doing so, would have missed this little miracle resting along the edge of the wood.
There's a lesson to be learned from this little plant. It could have, without notice, withered and died, but it did not. Instead it did what it was created to do. That same thing applies to us-no matter where we are, we can take from the good things that surround us and produce something of beauty from deep inside ourselves. Or, in other words:
"Bloom Where You Are Planted."