Today’s HAWMC post is supposed to be inspired by a photograph.
Years ago, when I was a kid, my mother planted some red tulips around a maple tree on the property. I recall them blooming a few times. I think my Mom kept a little green wire fence around them. Later on, I don’t know what happened to the little wire fence, but the tulips kept getting accidentally cut down before they got going each spring. For many many years I thought they had all died out.
Conditions this winter were very unique. Most of the winter was much warmer than usual. Spring started very early, with plenty of rain and sun. We had temps in the 80′s before it was even time for grass cutting.
And up popped a red tulip. After all those years.
So much time had passed, literally decades, since it had bloomed.
Yet there it is, this year. As big and bright as ever. Maybe brighter.
That red tulip must have been sitting there, under the ground all these years.
Sustained by something and waiting on just the right circumstances to flourish.
I found the red tulip inspirational.
I wanted to photograph it up close. But I am unable to walk to where it is.
The best I could manage is these shots, taken with a long lens.
Maybe I’ll be like that tulip someday.
My fence went away. I’ve been cut back time and time again.
I’ve also been sustained in faith, during my struggles.
Maybe someday the circumstances will be just right and I’ll go into remission.
And be as healthy and as bright as ever.