Friday, March 19, 2010

Held in the Bud

Flowers... are a proud assertion
that a ray of beauty
out-values all the utilities
of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As if baby chicks are about to hatch, or the clock to tick down the arrival of a special guest, I find my focus drawn to the lush green foliage that graces my back wall.

It is, after-all, the season of Star Jasmine.

When at last those tense, taut buds give way to the white clusters scented with every ounce of heaven's glory, I will gaze upon them with delight for the many days they grace my wall.

Even as they blossom, I begin to dread their ceasing. Their blooming & perfuming season is so very brief.

No matter, I treasure them expectantly today. Their promise is held securely in their buds.

Promises are like that.

So I watch and wait in eager anticipation. When at last the promise is open to view, it will be far more wonderful than imagination or memory fathomed.

Promises are like that, too.

If you've never been thrilled to
the very edges of your soul by
a flower in spring bloom,
maybe your soul has
never been in bloom.
Terri Guillemets


Karen Lange said...

Great reminder to take time to appreciate the little (and big) things in life. Life's too short to be too stressed.
Happy weekend,
P.S. I've an award for you over at my blog:)

Andrea said...

AMEN! I am waiting with eager expectation for the beautiful tulips to open, here.
Blessings, andrea

Diana said...


Enjoy the little things; they may just be big ones.

RCUBEs said...

Everything here doesn't last. Time to really be serious and start thinking about heavenly things! I'm sure the scents of heaven are indescribable since it's an out-of-this-world experience [no pun intended] and lasts eternal.

Though short-lived, that plant is a wonderful gift from Him and it's those simple things that when we learn to enjoy brings us a taste of Home. Blessings to you sister and may you have a wonderful weekend, smelling that special scent as every wind blows from your back wall.

Kayla said...

It is so true that the viewed promise is far more wonderful than the one just hoped for! God's promises are true and we can wait with eager anticipation for the manifestation of it but "hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

Thanks for the uplifting thoughts for my day!

christy rose said...

Kathleen, that last comment was from me. I am sorry! I was logged in under my son's girlfriend's account. I am using his computer today and I forgot to log out before I logged myself in to google. Just wanted you to know that it was me who stopped by. :) Hope you have a great day!!!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I love Star Jasmine as well but from what Debbie has shared, your fragrance unto the Lord is much sweeter. So glad you met her, wish I was there as well.
Have a blessed weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Yolanda said...

I've never heard of your vine/bush/flower so therefore I haven't smelled them. But as I read this, I hungered to do that very thing!

I also truly loved the quote you added at the end.

Blessings and love,

Runner Mom said...

I love the little things that God gives us!

Thanks, Kathleen!

Saleslady371 said...

Great thoughts!

Heart2Heart said...


I love star jasmine! They smell so comforting and like home. I also love night blooming jasmine and we have planted some right next to our spa for those summer nights where sitting in the backyard is just heavenly with that amazing aroma!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Debbie said...

Kathleen, you are such a good writer! I love how you described the flowers in your yard. It's like poetry for the soul. I'm not familiar with star jasmine but you are opening up my horizons, aren't you?

I still have no email but Greg promised he's work on it soon. So, I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I so enjoyed meeting you this past week. One of the blessings of moving so far out is


Beth E. said...

I'm not familiar with star jasmine, either, but this post makes me want to grow some!

I'm eagerly anticipating the first blooms of spring. Sooooo ready for warmer weather! We caught a glimpse of it today...the high was 62 degrees. Woohoo!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Expecting the treasure as well.


Rebecca said...

Beautifully worded...I believe my soul IS in bloom!

Patrina said...

"If you've never been thrilled to
the very edges of your soul by
a flower in spring bloom,
maybe your soul has
never been in bloom."

Terri Guillemets

My soul knows this season of bloom - it also knows the season of bareness. Both hold a special purpose in my life. The bareness brings even more appreciation for this anticipation of the opening bud...and all that follows.

thanks for sharing, Kathleen

God's blessings in this season...enjoy the dance.

Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

Just a little something from Judy said...

This post reminds me of the feeling I get when my lilacs come into bloom. I never saw or smelled a Star Jasmine. I hope to someday after reading this. It is once again, one beautifully worded piece, and a great reminder of all the special little gifts God blesses our lives with.

Kaye Swain said...

Oh my- I've enjoyed browsing through your site, but had to stop to comment here. I LOVE Star Jasmines! We had them all over the place in my old home. God has taken us off around the U.S. in a trek that often reminds me of Abraham's as my senior mom and I get to enjoy helping with some of our grandchildren, and I haven't seen them in a few years. Thank you for such delightful memories to get to see them today! Have a blessed week. :)