The Not-So-Secret Secret to Blooming
All Season Long
One Mother’s Day I purchased a clematis as a gift to my mom. This year I observed my blooming clematis over a four-month period.
At the start of summer, I waited anxiously for the flowers to burst forth as they had in the previous few years. It seemed the trellis had tons of small buds intertwined within the lattice. I waited impatiently–but I didn’t see any flowers. 2-3 weeks later, I sadly told my friend it had died without ever blooming.
She walked over to the plant and examined its leaves then crumbled a dried-up bud. “How often do you water it?”
“Water it? Um … it just blooms.”
My friend’s jaw dropped down and she said, “Well Amy, ya’ gotta’ water it for it to bloom.”
It sounds so obvious–but my clematis had always bloomed in the past and it never came to my mind to water it. Once those few weeks of blooms finished, I always waited for the next year. I hesitantly explained this to my friend, glancing at the shriveled leaves guiltily while I spoke.
“No, it might have had enough moisture in the ground to produce a few initial blooms. But that’s why it stops blooming. Your clematis should bloom all summer long if you water and feed it,” my friend insisted. “Not always in the same spot but it should consistently bloom if you give it some TLC.”
“Do you think if I do that it’ll come back?”
I still remember the hope in my voice. I wasn’t going to squander this opportunity like I had earlier. The heat wasn’t going to take my blooms if I could help it.
That was the start of daily watering, weekly plant feedings and more importantly, observing my clematis. One little flower came back and then a couple more. All summer long I watched them bloom in various spots. Interestingly enough, the locations of the blooms kept climbing further up as the summer wore on.
I began to not jut like these blooms, I started to love them. Appreciate their beauty in a new way.
Now in September, the flowers keep coming. The recent blooms are on the top of the trellis curve.
As I was looking at the photographs, a Bible verse came to mind, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God created in advance for us to do.” (Phil 2:10). We need to be watered every day with the living water and fed frequently, then when He gives us TLC, we’ll flourish. God delights in watching us bloom, too. The not-so-secret secret to blooming in every season of our lives is to replenish our roots with the living water daily.
Can you think of a simple gift God has bestowed on you or a lesson God has taught you lately?
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