When Madison returned to Denmark in May, she left her beautiful little orchid behind. She asked Flynn to please take care of it for her. Although Flynn had never cared for a plant before...perhaps because Mommy has no ability to keep one alive...she agreed in a heartbeat. And so Madison left her very special orchid in her little sister's hands.
Madison placed her trust in Flynn to care for and nurture her little flower. As for Flynn, she continued to demonstrate an admirable amount of faith and perseverance. She had faith that even though she had no idea how to care for the little plant, she could do her very best by following the directions Madison gave her. And Flynn most certainly demonstrated perseverance as she waited for some sign that her faith and hard work would come to fruition. She continued to water and watch and wait until one day, a tiny bud appeared. Then finally, the beautiful white flower bloomed. The joy and excitement in her little voice as she told Madison all about it is something I will remember forever.
I could take a lesson from these two young people. What if I tried harder to stop analyzing and worrying and instead, trusted that the God who cares for me will either protect me from my the things I worry about or help me through whatever it is I fear? What if I had more faith and perseverance in my prayer life? I think I would find that I too would be filled with joy. And that the anxious pieces of my soul would be replaced with peace.