Wednesday 9th of March 2011 06:58 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Sometime before Christmas, we finally moved the planter at the front of the house to the wash house. The plants that had so cheerfully decorated our entrance during the summer were long dead. After weeks of freezing weather, they were shriveled and brown.
They certainly weren't fit to welcome guests to our house during the holidays. Much better to dust off the Christmas lights and let them provide a little color for the season.
And then, something unexpected happened. Those plants that had looked dead suddenly came to life.
They surely hadn't received any care. They weren't watered. They weren't fertilized. A little light streamed through the dirty wash house window. But, at most, they got a glance from Randy when he went into the building to dish out the cat food each day.
But then, one day, he noticed the blossoming flowers and couldn't wait to tell me about the surprising revival going on in the wash house.
As we approach the season of Lent, the blooming flower serves as reminder. Today is Ash Wednesday. It signals a time of prayer and preparation as we make the 40-day Lenten journey toward Easter. It should signal a time of cultivating our relationship with Christ through prayer and study so that we can bloom where we are planted.
Sometimes that blossoming can take place in the most difficult of circumstances. The miracles and the blooming are all around us, if we'll just take time to look.