“There’s a lot you can learn from the flowers…” And this is true, isn’t it? This simple phrase voiced by Alice in a colorful Wonderland is a phrase that kept coming to mind when we visited the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, in varying hues of pinks and yellows, offered up a gorgeous spectacle that fueled our creativity. We quickly decided, in our visit, that there is indeed a lot we can learn from the flowers, and it has a lot to do with our new Spring campaign.
Rain is necessary
“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” – Xan Oku
Our Food Flowers Friends campaign that we’ve been sharing over the past couple weeks is a campaign that we envisioned for the Spring. A time of new growth, a fresh start, trees stretching their limbs after a long winter’s sleep. Flowers are evidence enough that the rain will end, the clouds will part, and spring will always come, no matter the difficult winter that precedes it.
Bloom where you’re planted
“Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.” – French Proverb
This is a well known phrase. We even have a cross stitch of this quote hanging in our room. It sounds simple, but it has come to hold a lot of meaning. No matter where you feel called, there is always that twinge of fear that rises up. You don’t want to settle or commit or even be rooted in your new community because it’s a vulnerable position. Maybe where you’re planted is not what you envisioned. You’re living at home with your parents, or you’re ridden with homesickness because you feel isolated – away from your family and friends. Wherever you feel called, know that there is beauty in being rooted. There is beauty in accepting where you are – even if it’s only for a season. There is even more beauty when you learn to thrive.
Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith
Again, another line that you’ll find in cards at your nearest stationery store. This has everything to do with faith. When trials come our way, our first response is to become disheartened and anxious. We take back everything we’ve said about God about or His promises, or even subtle agreements we’ve made about ourselves. We used to feel empowered and strengthened, but now…we cave to fear. You can’t do it. You’re not strong enough, not creative enough, we tell ourselves. Instead of bending to these lies in our time of hardship, keep on stretching towards the sun like the flowers do. They know no different. Do what you were made to do.
“I hope you are blessed with a heart like a wildflower. Strong enough to rise again after being trampled on, tough enough to weather the worst of the summer storms, and able to grow and flourish even in the most broken places.” – Nikita Gill