«As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God»
(1 Peter 4:10).
CURIOSITY made me enter a greenhouse where all kinds of plants of extraordinary beauty are grown. I could not resist the temptation to buy some. They looked lush, leafy, and flowery. What a beauty! When my gardener came to work on my yard, I asked him to plant them in specific places I had chosen. He looked at me for a moment and then, somewhat fearful, told me that some would die on those places, «Madam, you may not know that some plants bloom in the shade and others in full sun,» said the gardener. Yes, of course I knew it, but it seemed to me that they would bloom better at the place I had chosen for them. Obviously, I was wrong. Who knows more about plants, a gardener or me?
Definitely the gardener knows the right soil for the plants to bloom, as well as if they need light or shade. Because of m ignorance and stubbornness several of them died This experience made me think of Jesus as the Divine Gardener and us, His beautiful flowers of His garden. The analogy, of course, is clear: some of us bloom in the shade and some bloom in the sun. And guess what? The One who knows where we bloom best is the One who created us.
Some women bloom «in the shade,» in the silence of anonymity and they do an extraordinary job. They know how to listen and comfort, going unnoticed by the vast majority of people, but not by the ones they have touched with their lives. They possess an incredibly capacity for discernment, which makes them good counselors. They are prudent and can be trusted in their decisions. And, if we’re lucky enough to know them well, we find best friends in them. Those who bloom «in the sun» possess exceptional talents, are cheerful and friendly; they are welfare promoters and have the gift of service that comes very naturally from them. They are sociable and open their hearts like the petals of a flower to the sun.
My dear friend, whatever group you belong to, this morning I want to remind you that God made you. Don’t force your nature; remain in the soil for which you were created.
You will receive the dew of the Holy Spirit, will be nourished by the Word of God, and cared by the loving hand of Jesus.