My new favorite show is Somebody Feed Phil. This show is so wonderful for a foodie like me!
Phil Rosenthal, who was the creator of the show Everybody Loves Raymond, travels to different places around the world, to explore all the amazing foods each country has to offer.
Did I mention I love this show???
Okay, I’ll move on.😊😊
One of the places Phil visits is Vietnam, and he explores a rural area, where the people harvest lotus flowers, among other things.
The lotus flower is the national symbol of Vietnam, a place with a history of great strife, and of great renewal.
The Lotus grows right in the middle of mud.
The stems and the roots are very long, and the blossom grows up, and out of the muck, and is so very beautiful!
Despite the impurities all around it, all the things that try to suffocate and snuff out its survival,
And it blooms BEAUTIFULLY.
This is my spirit flower!!
At least, I WANT it to be.
Maybe it feels like it’s yours, too.
All the dirt and grime that desperately tries to squash us like bugs,
Is the very thing that makes us grow,
And to stand TALL.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
You know something else??
The seeds of a lotus can survive up to two hundred YEARS of drought!
This brings me comfort too, because it means my times of spiritual desert land are survivable.
Those wilderness times won’t last forever.
One last thing about the lotus:
The Vietnamese people use every part of the plant.
The stems, the leaves, the flower, the seeds…
They use ALL OF IT.
I really and truly do hope and pray that God can use EVERYTHING in ME, too.
My past, my parents, my marriage, my health, my kids…
I want God to use ALL of it.
Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.