Flower blooms as reminder of new life

Dear Editor,

About two years ago to the season, if not to the month, Mark and I were walking around the block in our neighborhood. We got stopped by our neighbors Mr. Joe and Mrs. Peggy, a sweet couple that are members at the church we attend.

Little did we know that our pit stop would entail of a tour of their home, stories about the past, and me bringing home a cactus. Mrs. Peggy insisted that I take this little cactus home. I remember leaving thinking, “What am I going to do with this cactus? How do you even keep a cactus alive?” I was excited about challenging my green thumb and fearful that my green thumb might not be so green. I tended to that cactus – I observed it often just to see if it grew the slightest bit – and it did!

Two years later, I still have the cactus Mrs. Peggy gave me.

Mrs. Peggy passed away Thursday morning, April 20. About mid-morning I walked outside and just happened to catch a glimpse of the cactus – to my surprise, it had a red flower in full bloom.

I’ve watched this cactus grow for the past two years. It never bloomed once – it never had buds to bloom! But on this Thursday morning, the same morning Mrs. Peggy passed away, there was this beautiful red flower!

The cactus isn’t just a memory of our pit stop at Mr. Joe and Mrs. Peggy’s anymore. Rather, it is a reminder of His patience. It is a reminder of the new life we can have in Him.

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

Psalm 1:1-3 NLT

Casey Deer Deichman,