“The life of a flower is longing and fulfilment.”
Every once in a while like a seed we have to break open. I personally don’t favour those times, but there is no growth without them. It is like our whole soul is steeped in darkness longing for light. It is at those times that we have to practice the virtue of hope, it is at those times that we have to look back to experiences from our past when we have received some special grace or when another seed inside us popped into a new bud, and a new life followed. Those past experiences will now sustain us. Nurturing hope will be like going to the streams of living water and drawing a few fresh buckets to water the seed. In prayer, we come to God to fill our buckets with His grace to water our thirsty heart.
Every time a seed is ready to break open within us, is a time when God is very active in our lives, though paradoxically He may appear distant (too close to be felt, therefore we experience ‘inner darkness’). I do not quite know what causes it, or if it is really important to know; it could be God working out His plan for our own life, or something external. If this resonates, take courage and cultivate as much hope as you can. Something good is going on within you, no matter how unbearable it may seem. When the seed pops open, a new ‘flower’ will grow and a new season of peace will come. Remember then that your peace is a gift from God, and don’t take it for granted.
© Iva Beranek (Dublin, 2015)
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