I have a friend who calls herself Bunny. She is a warm and sensitive person as well as being extremely capable, efficient and organized having held several jobs for high up authorities over the years.
Bunny started a group in our church called Women in God's Service (WINGS). The ladies in this group then proceeded to make themselves responsible for elderly and unwell ladies in our church who can no longer get out and about. Each lady regularly visits two or three of the home-bound ones, checking on their welfare, their needs and just generally giving them encouragement by chatting and of course praying with them.
About two years ago, Bunny held a luncheon for all the WINGS ladies as a way of saying thank you for their support. At this luncheon she gave each lady a small African Violet in a pot about 2" in diameter. I brought mine home and put this tiny plant on the side board because, although it had no flowers, the leaves were a pretty shade and organized in an attractive whorl. I've done nothing with it over the two years except give it a drop or two of water when I think about. Really I expected it to die long ago. I'm not very good with plants.
In May of this year, Bunny was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. What a blow this was for all of us to whom Bunny seemed invincible! Last month she entered hospice care.
That was when I noticed a tiny bud growing on Bunny's plant. Over the next couple of weeks the bud grew and opened into a tiny African Violet. Then two more buds appeared. Today there are three blooms and another tiny bud growing on this miniature flower.
Every time I look at it I think of Bunny. Now I'm not sentimental at all or given to fanciful ideas, but it seemed to me that this tiny plant putting forth its beautiful blooms was symbolic of Bunny. She knows she is going to die and she doesn't have much longer. She knows the Lord so she is not afraid and just like her plant she will bloom with beautiful new life with the Lord when she leaves us.
Here is Bunny's tiny African Violet -- a flower with an indomitable spirit.
Pencil added to show the size
Can you see the fourth tiny bud just under the middle bloom?
Praise the Lord for Bunny. Her work continues. And praise for He who is the resurrection and the life!
And now finally, two more of my paintings done this month, of FLOWERS:
Bird of Paradise (watercolor 5x7")
Day Lily (Prisma colors 5x7")
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