Thursday, June 4, 2020

Bonsai! An Angel Message

Early yesterday, Elliot and I ventured out to the farmer's market. The morning sky had a touch of heaven, with golden light and white clouds shaped like majestic mountains.  The county fair grounds were abuzz with farmers selling potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, bananas, strawberries, and oranges.   Colorful flowers, lush green plants,-- memorabilia of all kinds were on display.

Having quickly loaded up with fresh produce, we were making tracks for the car, when Elliot was suddenly inspired to make one last stop.  He pointed off in the far distance, saying, believe it or not, we may be able to find toilet paper over there.  It's probably a mirage, I laughed, down to our last three rolls, it was becoming a necessity.  Following him to a table, to my surprise, two large sealed bundles of toilet paper were stacked up.  We were leaving one for someone else, when the vendor told us she had more.  We were on a roll... and bought another for family.

Feeling grateful, making our way to the car,  I spotted an assortment of bonsai trees in the last row.  Half-price, each had been harmoniously choreographed in a homemade wooden box, landscaped with gravel and moss.  One little bonsai touched my heart.  I've always wanted a bonsai tree, and recently received a gift of a kit to grow my own which takes years. I didn't know that a bonsai is a potted plant (such as a tree) dwarfed (as if by pruning) and trained to an artistic shape.

Impatient to wait so long, that special bonsai now has a new home on our back porch.  This morning listening to the rain,  I admired the company of the little juniper bonsai.   The curved trunk seemed to bow down in humbleness.   I decided to name her Grace.

Later, on-line, I learned that the bonsai symbolizes simplicity, harmony, and age.  The juniper tree is a symbol of power and strength and represents the ability to overcome life's challenges. That's certainly what we're all experiencing right now.   What comfort and peace to know that with God's grace, and a little willingness on our part, we, too,  can be over-comers.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and peace to you,

Rae Karen