4 thoughts on “A Time, a season

  1. “Minds are like flowers, they only open when the time is right.” This quote from Stephen Richards seems like a very deep revelation to consider.

    Sara, I think your title of for the blog, “A Time, a season” and your picture gives insight into it.

    As I look closely at the picture, I see this flower variety in several stages…some flowers fully open at their peak; some closed/spent/past their peak; some closed/yet to bloom/in their bud stage. So, if all the flowers on this particular variety represent the same mind, then it is probably not open much of the time?

    I thought about all the factors that can influence time of flowering in plants, from temperature to day length to water, fertilizer, light, etc. Most have a special season for their blooms (like you wrote, “season”). Some even open at a particular time of day, like night-blooming moonflowers and night-blooming tropical water lilies (like you wrote, “Time”.) Some flowers choose cool or cold temps to bloom, like Witch Hazel trees or pansies and certain camellias. Others like it real hot.

    I thought I should look up the definition of an open mind. ..“a willingness to listen to or accept different ideas or opinions”; having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments; unprejudiced; unbigoted; impartial”.

    And we are told to love God with all our mind (Matt 22:37); have the mind of Christ (I Cor 2:16); and be daily renewed in our minds (Romans 12:2)…I wonder if that can even happen if our mind is closed?

    Sure lots to think on.

    1. “ I thought I should look up the definition of an open mind. ..“a willingness to listen to or accept different ideas or opinions”; having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments; unprejudiced; unbigoted; impartial”. Thanks for sharing this definition Debi. I wonder 🤔 if a key word in the definition here is “willingness”? Beauty picture above of the flowers 💐

      1. “Willingness to…” I believe you have the key to the heart Tammy….The prophet Isaiah knew so…”chapter 1 …18) “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will become like wool. 19) If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best of the land. 20) But if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.…”

        Seems like when the heart is willing to listen truth penetrates the hard spots and the power of the heart unlocks the mind! You will eat the best of the land….the flower blooms! Now, imagine when we know truth and speak truth to another’s heart they might bloom as well.

        Jesus gave a parable about our seed sowing, ie speaking to the heart. Reference Matthew 13.

  2. Thanks for sharing in Isaiah, Sara. Oh how we all need truth! Sara writes: “Now, imagine when we know truth and speak truth to another’s heart they might bloom as well.” 🙏

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