January 18, 2018
My grandmother has always been an avid gardener and when I was younger she would create secret gardens and paths for me to play in. I always felt like I was in a far away land when I would visit and would imagine I was Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden while exploring the wonders of her plot of earth. I spent countless hours exploring and learning all that I could from her. One of the things I remember her telling me was that dogwoods always know to bloom at Easter. As a girl I was entranced by this thought and always wondered how they knew to bloom at the perfect time? Each year I would wait expectantly for the dogwood to some how forget and bloom either late or early, but they never did. They were never early or late, but rather always on time. As a mother now of three young children, I still ponder on the dogwood, especially as spring approaches. As generations before taught me, I am now instilling in my children how precious of a symbol the dogwood is - the four points like a cross, the blood stained tips like the blood that was shed for us and their perfect timing. Isn't God amazing? He has created such a marvelous garden all around us. There is so much we can learn and obtain just from the beauties right in our backyard. Just by opening our ears and eyes to hear and see what He is trying to teach us, we can learn. Again - that timing. I can't shake the thought of it. It brings me back to Jesus every time. I was rocking my son to sleep last night and was singing the song "What a Beautiful Name" and I began to weep when I got to the line about how death could not hold Him. Wow. Think about that...death could not hold Him! People despised and hated the Prince of Peace, they wanted him dead, so they killed Him in one of the most horrifying ways possible - but He ROSE from the grave and LIVES forever more. And remember what I mentioned about the timing being perfect? That thing you are praying for, that dream that you are pleading God for, that desire you want to spring forth in your life like the dogwood blossom - don't lose hope! For in due time you will reap a harvest. Keep sowing those seeds; in your life, in your children, in complete strangers...and then wait, wait EXPECTANTLY for that perfect dogwood blossom to spring up at the perfect time. God is always on time, never early and never late.
Blessings, Katherine & Beth (The Bubble Bee)
*Outfit pictured is our "Dogwood Cross" - a few available for pre-order on our website (www.thebubblebee.com)
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