I also wanted to share a "wink" from God with you. I have always loved tulips. They are just simple and beautiful to me. My amazing sister and her amazing husband sent us flowers Friday. They were just gorgeous! There were jade roses, lilies, daisies, and tulips in the arrangement. We all know that over time cut flowers wilt and die. I noticed maybe Sunday that the tulips were taller than they were Friday. Again on Monday, I noticed they were even taller. While the other flowers were dying, the tulips continued to grow.
Friday when I received the flowers the Tulips were even with all of the other flowers. Tulips are unique in that they will continue to grow once they have been cut. They will grow for a few days as long as they have water and light. They generally grow toward the strongest light.
Those tulips began as any other flower. A seed. Someone took that seed, planted it, and tenderly cared for it until it matured to the point that it was cut. Once cut from their lifeline, the roots, they began to die. Yet they are still beautiful and continue to grow. Those tulips had a purpose. Their purpose was to be put into a beautiful arrangement of flowers to bring joy to my family. They fullfilled their purpose and will to continue to long after they are gone.
You know, my sweet little Eli was only here for a few brief minutes. He grew in my belly for 32 weeks. We tenderly loved him while he was growing. Once he was born, he had fullfilled the purpose for which God sent him. I have no doubts that he is absolutey beautiful in Heaven and will continue to prosper there. He brought such joy...joy that will last a lifetime. He "grew" toward the stongest light. God.
1 John 1:5
5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
In my quest to discover what I could about tulips this week, I also discovered that they have a very unique meaning. Tulip means perfect love. A Journey of Perfect Love...What an amazing wink from God on this two month anniversary.
Make sure to take a peek at Eli's name gallery. I have added some photographs. You can find it on the sidebar. If anyone else would like to send pictures for the gallery, I would love to add them.