Earlier this morning I read a beautiful blog called Grace Led Me Straight To Christianblog written by my friend Savedbyegrace better known to many of us as Gracie In her blog she happens to mention the Georgia State Flower. That got me thinking about the State Flower in my native state of Minnesota. Now, my friends here at CB think of two things when they think about me. They think and Minnesota. Okay, okay they may think of more things than that but we won't go into ... ...that right now, will we.
Enough of that! Anyway, where was I. Oh yeah, The Minnesota State Flower. For those of you who don't know (and that is probably most of you), the Minnesota State Flower is a rare orchid called The Showy Lady's Slipper. Here's a picture of it and decide for yourself it this is not a fitting State Flower for a K .
I learned some interesting facts about The Showy Lady's Slipper when I looked it up. It can take up to 16 years to blossom. However, once it does, this delicate looking but very hardy orchid which can withstand a Minnesota winter has an estimated lifespan of 50-100 years! Unbelievable.
You know, so often we get very impatient. We want everything to happen all at once. Poof! We want to suddenly be transformed into the perfect person. You only have to look at the world around us to realize that is not how God generally does things. He chooses to make things grow and growth takes time. Sometimes it takes a very long time, like in the case of The Showy Lady's Slipper but do you know what? The end result is amazing. While very delicate looking, this plant endures for 50-100 years. When you think about it, that's a lifetime. This plant can withstand the harsh cold of a Minnesota winter where it is not uncommon for actual air temperatures to dip to -20º F (-29º C) or lower as well as the hot, humid summers which can reach to temperatures above 90º F (32º C). That's quite a temperature extreme isn't it?
It may take time to grow but when it comes to Christian growth, I want to be like The Showy Lady's Slipper. I want to grow for a lifetime. I want to be able to thrive and withstand the winds of the cold dark winter as well as the burning heat of the summer. Most of all, when people see me, I want them to gasp in wonder and amazement, exclaiming, "Look at the beautiful work GOD has created." I want to be like The Showy Lady's Slipper!
I like y'alls state flower -- it has both outer beauty and inner strength, which shows the depths of its outer beauty.
A Cherokee Rose is full of thorns on its stem which are covered by thick green foliage up the stem. Wonder what that means?
I too want to be like the Showy Lady's Slipper Flower, growing for a lifetime and enduring no matter what.
Great post my dear K!
I love orchids - so delicate and beautiful in appearance, yet hardy and long-lasting. See my avatar. Agree with K Christians should have those characteristics too. Sixteen years for the Showy Lady's Slipper Flower to blossom?- wow that is nearly a life-time of a high-school child- that's a long time - and it does take us a life-time to grow the fruit of the spirit - love , joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, faith, meekness.. Praise the Lord even through such a long time the Lord is with us - that makes the difference.
Beautiful orchids, thanks for the information on your state flower - I never would have learnt of it.
Dear Kreynolds--Superb metaphor for the life of the child of God. There's a little girl in the movie, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," who wanted one of the dwarfs for her own, and she screamed, "I want my Oompa Loompa, and I want my Oompa Loompa now, Daddy!!!" Thus is the way so many of us are with our Lord. That, or we treat Him like a fast food drive-through window. For my part, I treat Him like a TV repairman. I drop my soul off for HIm to fix, then I go on my way through my normal routines and return later expecting it to be fully repaired. He doesn't work that way. Does He? And, if truth be told, aren't we glad He doesn't? Think of all the fellowship with Him we'd miss out on.
nearly missed this one! Love the analogy K What a flower, and what a testimony that would be, to remain staunch through fire and ice.
Thank you for giving me centigrade...your weather looks even harder to deal with now.
I don't know if I want to wear a t shirt saying "I love Showy Ladies Slippers", but I do appreciate learning about them. I must admit that I thought this was a blog about dancing shoes and sort of let it drift by. But, after some intense prodding and constant hints to read it, I am very blessed that I did.
The Missouri "flower" is the white Hawthorn which grows on Hawthorn trees. I can't say I have ever seen one or would recognize it if I did. BUT, I will never forget the Kansas state flower--you guessed it--the SUNFLOWER!!!
Thanks for the blog and maybe I will get a t shirt saying "I love SLS & sunflowers2".
HOLD UP!!! Hold it just a minute. And all this time I thought the state bird was the mosquito!!!!
:wink: Lovely job!