"In a Single Bloom"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@bobperks.com)

6-5-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #243

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"In a Single Bloom"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@bobperks.com)

I regret that I never really noticed them before. Me, the guy who lives in details.

Maybe it was because I saw them in a group, a bunch each spring. Maybe it was because they were in a corner, now hidden somewhat by the pine tree that
has grown so much.

But then again it's Spring and Spring causes the world to burst into beauty. The drab, dirty world that winter leaves behind suddenly transforms into an
artist's palette of every color imaginable.

That's it. They just blended in and I didn't notice.

That's terrible! I never see the world as just a blend. I strive to see the individual parts or at least make the effort to acknowledge all that it took to create the final mix.

Like in our roots, I see the people who sacrificed and paved the way for a better life.

In my life I acknowledge each person who makes my world a joy to live in.

In the sunset that stops me in my tracks, I want to be grateful for the pinks, blues, yellows and oranges that happened to gather there in the sky before the sun said goodbye that day.

Like a great entrée served for dinner at a friend's home, "I must have that recipe! This is great!" I tell my host. I need to know what made it so wonderful.

But this I saw only as a bunch, a group...a blend.

That is until today. For whatever reason, I suddenly discovered the importance of the individual bloom in the rhododendron flowers that brighten my life each morning of Spring.

I looked up and there it was in all it's splendor. One single bloom in a group of a dozen or more. Every single one the same, like multiple sets of quadruplets born of one source.

The petals seemed to respond to my touch as I held it gently in my hand. The stamen reaching, curving upward appeared to be giving praise to its creator. But what really gave me pause was the backdrop created just behind the pistil. At first I saw in it a golden burst of fireworks, but then, transforming right before my eyes, I saw it as a grouping of golden wheat laid perfectly in the background as if to accent the outstretching arms of praise.

Picking one, I ran inside like a child who captured a butterfly and needed to share it with someone.

"Marianne, come here!" I shouted. She thought the worst had happened.

"What? What's wrong?" she asked.

"Look at this flower! It's incredible! I never noticed it before," I said.

"Bob, we've been in this house for over a decade and you're just seeing that flower now?" she said.

I felt bad. What else have I taken for granted? What other things in my world have I not noticed?

I took that individual bloom and placed it in a tiny vase in the kitchen window. It will thrive there until it's time has come. But the memory of it's beauty will remain with me.

It's how we should see the world. We are all single blooms in the bouquet of life created by God.

The blend is often breath taking, but the true
value lies in "a single bloom."

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        I wish to become intimate with Every Individual Particle of Your Infinite Beauty! Help me to never overlook it, whether it be a Flower, a Stone, an Animal, or one of Your Children.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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