Nina Baker April 7, 1995
of flowers... This years' incredibly
delightful Pansies, which I planted in the fall of
94, have set me to thinking as I observe the magical
nature of those delicate yet most durable of
flowers! They began to bloom in February and on many
mornings, I've found them frozen and limp, only to see
them standing up and proudly displaying themselves
in all their glory by afternoon! I don't see how it
can be possible for them to do that in one day!
look all soggy
and utterly broken-down with the frost laying thick
on them - and then by afternoon, there they are, all
fluffy and light... fresh and lovely as can be!
The transformation is such a mystery.
How do they go
from looking like soggy lettuce drowning in dressing
and left to sit and wilt... and then resume their
former appearance so magnificently???
Do You, Lord, reach down to Pansies and touch them
with Your supernatural restoration which knows no
physical limitations such as we know in our mortal
experience? I think that You have hidden a
miraculous testimony in them... of Your Almighty
Power! And Your love and willingness to provide for,
and restore us on a daily basis just like those
flowers. Daily performing the seemingly impossible!
Proving, visibly, in the little Pansy, "With
God, all things are possible" for us to witness
in a very special flower?
Pansies have a special meaning to me! They call to
me in a special silent voice, from You, to depend on
You. Trust and be secure in You. Be strong, enduring
and beautiful in You. Is that why I have always so
loved those little flowers? They have
always...always, had a special place so deeply dear
to my heart!
There are other, very hardy and tough seeming plants
and flowers, which once touched by the slightest
frost, proceed to wither and succumb to that touch
throughout the day... never resuming their
vigor...sometimes stunted and long in their recovery
or beginning of new growth, and sometimes, not even
surviving! Now that is the fate of ALL other flowers
and plants that I know of - EXCEPT the Pansy!
Is the Pansy, then, Your visible allegorical
provision to show us that You, as Creator, can make
things any way that You choose in spite of seeming
diversion from the `natural laws
of nature' that we understand. A reminder that we
cannot know and understand all mysteries?
know why the Pansy seems to defy everything that we
know about plants and frost etc.? (I shall check on
that simply because it would be very interesting to
know the `why' of it, if it can be known....) I am
But my soul is satisfied, this day, that they are
a most special message given by You to all who come
to know You and Your ways. It is given to us to
understand and see portrayed, a mystery - a parable
that, like Your other parables when teaching the
disciples, is meant to be understood only by those
who know Your teachings!
When I see and think of the Pansy,
I will think of how You refresh my soul that way
every night as I sleep. No
matter what `touches' me with harsh or fatal
intention, You restore me to the creation You
intended me to be. You determine who and what I am.
You are faithful to `keep' me and direct my feet
upon the paths I travel. Safe and secure from all
harm. I depend, wait and live in, Your Holy Spirit
and its' guidance! You have Your touch on my heart,
mind and soul. I belong to You, and like the Pansy,
I have no need to fear the ravages of circumstance
then ABBA - Amen.....
materials © Nina Roberta Baker