Tulips ,© DS 2010
Looking at the flowers (see photo) as they started blooming, their story comes to my mind. They were just seeds [tulips grown from seeds often need five to eight years of growth before plants are flowering size. Commercial growers harvest the bulbs in late summer and grade them into sizes; bulbs large enough to flower are sorted and sold, while smaller bulbs are sorted into sizes and replanted. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip#Cultivation)]. I am not sure whether they came from Germany or Holland but anyway, I bought them here in Northern Ireland and I did plant the bulbs sometime around October 2009. To summarise, they were seeds and grew up to flowering bulbs within 5-8 years – somewhere in the world; they travelled up to a Garden Centre of NI and somebody (me) just chose and planted the bulbs 6 months ago. A long trip isn’t it? A trip that is long in distance and time. Around three months ago, they started shooting their leaves, the weather was still cold or to say almost freezing. They continue growing and recently their flowers spurted in the middle of the leaves. They were so small but so firm and so green. I could not remember what colours they should be but I waited for the surprise. And here they are: long stems, straight, strong and so red! Notice the photo more: still one is to come!
Now, I can watch them every day from my kitchen window, admire them not only for their beauty but for the long trip they took. I do remind myself as I look at them how many of us have experienced those long trips of dreams, desires and survivals.
One thing comes to my heart: Savour the moment! Each moment is so unique. Everything changes each second and savouring the moment gives dignity and honour to that moment.
We read in the Book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 and verses from 1 up to and 11:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
The point that I am trying to make is to bring the story of those tulips in parallel with our stories and the purpose in our lives. Each one of us was created by our Creator in a unique way and for a unique purpose. Like the tulips, we started as a seed and we are growing till we flourish and come to the fulfilment of our purpose, to stand firm, straight and colourful as they stand. Few days from now they will start dying as flowers but their seeds will go back to the soil and their bulbs will multiply, next spring more tulips will come to visit my garden!
It is not an easy trip that they had till now. They travelled long distances, they went through freezing winters and they spend long periods in dormant condition. But each period had its purpose even if the Tulips (us) could not understand it. Reading again this famous part of the Book of Ecclesiastes we can realize that life is full of different times, times that come in contradiction, times that are unpleasant, full of conflicts but all pass and the times of love, peace, harvesting come as well.
Nobody has promised that the journeys will be easy but looking towards the purpose, we can start breaking the big pictures in more detailed ones and understanding each time’s objective.
Who could know what was hiding down there inside the soil when the bulbs were still underneath? Who knew whether they had survived the wild freezing winds and the snow? And one day their first leaves appeared and spoke to me: “here we are”; and still who could imagine their beauty when they presented their flowers, their hiding gifts? And still here they are, an evidence of their existence.
When we savour the moment as IT IS and cherish it in our heart even when we do not understand it, we still get the knowledge of it at the proper moment and we savour this new moment and finally all the purpose will unfold in front of our eyes step by step, moment by moment.
That’s why it is important to savour the moment. No moments go waste. They most likely seem as just a seed but in time and through more moments they will become beautiful flowers, beautiful deeds, dreams will take place, visions will be fulfilled.
As we take pleasure, appreciate, value each moment we open the door to new opportunities, opportunities which bring us in higher levels. When we are delight in small moments we will become qualified to the next promotion. If we discard the moment, please, do not expect any promotion. It is about appreciation and recognition.
By savouring the moment we do give value to its purpose and existence. We acknowledge that is a part of the whole journey.
Enjoy each moment of this day and savour them all! They will never be repeated the same way! They are unique as we are!