"A Promise to a Flower"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

7-23-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #250
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

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

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Story of the Week
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"A Promise to a Flower"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

(Dedicated to Martin Chandrawinata. Like God, he plants seeds and miracles grow.)

Walking along the roadway this afternoon I looked down. There along the edge I saw them. Tiny, intricate flowers woven through the grass. I can almost guarantee that they went unnoticed until today. But I saw them and I was taken by their beauty.

"I should pick one and finish my walk just thinking about it," I said out loud. "But there are only five of them and picking it would mean it would soon die."

I stooped down closer to the flower and grasping it between my fingers I said, "If I leave you here you will live and die and no one will ever realize your beauty. I promise you that if I take you with me back to the meeting room I will share you with everyone I meet."

I simply plucked the clover-like stem enough to include the flower and some of its greenery.

Now, holding it closer, I could see the incredible detail. The orange petals were accented with yellow edging. The center of the flower was a deep red. It is not more than one quarter inch in diameter, but there is a world within that tiny space.

As soon as I walked in the meeting room, I introduced my treasure to the people seated at my table.

"I made a promise to this flower that if I picked it, I would share it with everyone. Look at the detail and beauty of this creation," I said.

"Ooo's" and "ahhh's" floated effortlessly from everyone who saw it.

Seeing that it was quickly slumping, drooping over, I placed it in my glass of water hoping to revive it.

When the meeting ended I held the plastic cup carefully in my hand as if it were precious crystal.
I planned to take it home to my wife.

In the beginning it looked hopelessly lost. Floating face down, it looked like the end had come all too soon.

I had indeed kept my promise, but now I felt sad, for if I had not picked it, it would have lived its full cycle untouched, but unappreciated.

But little flowers bring little miracles.

By the time I got home 90 minutes later, the flower had fully recovered. Now floating face up like a pond lily, the plant looked as strong as ever.

As night came the flower closed up tightly, as some flowers do. I have placed it in the window in my kitchen with hopes of seeing it in full bloom tomorrow morning.

Turning to my wife I asked, "I can understand why God would take a large flower and dazzle us with details. But why would he spend so much effort on such a tiny flower that no one would likely see?"

Pausing for a moment, thinking about what I asked, she finally said, "But God also created people like you who would make a promise to a flower."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Your Beauty is Everywhere I look. Help me not to overlook any of it.

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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