I helped a friend with a landscaping project for a brief period this weekend.
I learned the art of mulching. How to hollow out the center at the tree or plant’s base an
d then build it up in a circular fashion around the plant.
As I poured out bag after bag of mulch around several trees on the property, this lowly crepe myrtle won my heart.♡ There is a row of them bordering the fence line. This one in particular is extremely small in comparison to all the others. It is the first one in line. It previously had been cut back to barely much more than a seedling.
As you can see, it still has its vibrant fuschia blossoms and green leaves. There is nothing wrong with it. It is just smaller than the rest. It doesn’t blend in with the others. (Which you notice I did not include in the photograph, so I wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings. After all, plants are living things. )
Did you ever think about that may be how we sometimes treat other people? We weed out those that are different from us in any way. We would prefer to pluck them out and throw them away and replace them with something or someone that looks more uniform with the rest of us. We don’t want to take the time to nurture them. To learn how to make them grow and prosper. To simply love them.
As I shared my preference for this little plant, my friend so endearingly named it, the little Sandy tree. The pressure is on! I can’t let it die! 😦
Just like the crepe myrtles, God made us all. He doesn’t make junk. Some are big. Some are small. Some are healthy. Some are not. But we all are God’s creation. Don’t compare. Don’t judge. Just love.♡
I don’t know about you, but I plan to keep tabs on my little botanical friend. I plan to continue nurturing it. Just like the kiddos in my classroom. And people I meet every day in my daily walk.
You see I have always loved the underdog! I am drawn to that which is less than perfect physically or emotionally. I’m an encourager by nature.
I urge you to do the same. See the beauty in life. Even in that which is not as physically attractive on the outside. Look beyond to the inside. Believe in the underlying potential.
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but theLord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
Love and laughter,