by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

As we observe each beautiful flower come into its beauty and glory, each detail so uniquely perfect in color, observe how God has equipped each with its own distinctive traits, hardiness and protection.

To get to this point of beauty was no easy task. Many storms hammered away at them. With the heat of the day, some whitered and stopped growing. Circumstances trampled some beyond their capability to survive. The winds of adversity bowed some low.

As the time of maturity approaches, our form is changing. We are shedding the petals of growth and beauty. The inner core, where the seed has been nourished and protected is becoming more and more apparent.

Thank you Lord for plucking away all the immaturity, all the weaknesses, even the shortcomings in our lives that hinder our growing into reproducible fruit.

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