Lavender Loveliness

Photo by Pastor Sharon Samuel-Varghese

Last summer we went to visit Lavender Fields and it only sparked my love for lavender even more.  I love all sorts of colors but I find myself falling for the pastels.  Pretty pink and baby blue with a hint of white…oh so nice.  But taken together and you get a treat for the eyes…lavender.  Not only is the color beautiful but the plant is lovely to look at, not to mention fragrant and so I decided to keep a couple of lavender plants at home this spring.  I have lavender growing outside in the garden.  It has survived the winter and will hopefully bloom again, but it will be interesting to see if I can keep lavender plants happy indoors as well.  I will see how long the lavender endures.  

I  placed my lavender pot on a decorated silver plate, bought from Dollar Tree and surrounded it with pretty shells collected from our many trips to the Beach.  A lovely decorating home idea.  But deep inside, I am wondering “How long will this loveliness last?”  If King Solomon were alive, I would want to ask him some plant questions.  He is the plant pro.  

The Bible speaks of his knowledge of plants.

1 Kings 4:33 says, “He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to to the hyssop that grows out of walls.  He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.  Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.” 

Unfortunately Solomon failed in the big stuff in life by marrying lots of women and following after other gods.  But for the time when he does show wisdom, oh how I would have loved to pick his brain at a few botanical questions. 

How often should I water my lavender?

When is it the best time to transfer my lavender into the garden?

Would I even need to?  Can I keep it year round inside? 

Any tricks on keeping kitchen herbs healthy?

And on and on…  

These details are lovely to think about and lovely to apply.  But how much lovelier is it to know the Creator who designed such beauty?

Praise be to His Holy Name forever.  The whole earth is shining and fragrant with His glory.  Rest in His goodness.  He takes care of the plants.  He will take care of you.

Matthew 6:28-30

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