Another May has rolled around. My favorite month. My favorite flowers, irises, bloom in May and that’s so appropriate for me because Mother’s Day is in May and my love for growing flowers, and my love for irises in particular, came from a lifetime of seeing Mom lovingly attend to her garden. I think irises were her favorite flower too as she had every color imaginable and had them planted everywhere. You know how sometimes you will see or hear something that will trigger a fond childhood memory? That’s what irises do for me. Aside from enjoying the sheer beauty of their vibrant colors and delicate petals, every time I see them blooming in May I see my mom, young and beautiful, sitting there among them, a look of peace and contentment on her face, patiently pulling weeds and caring for the flowers. My grandma had irises too, so maybe my mom was recollecting some fond childhood memory of her own while she worked her garden. My wife has asked me why I plant so many irises as they are a spring flower and bloom for such a short time. But oh, what a glorious time it is. You see, youth and beauty are fleeting. God even uses flowers in His Word to describe the frailty and transitory nature of human life…
“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.” ~ 1 Peter 1:23-24 (KJV)
So, yes, I will continue to plant irises and I will enjoy them for the short time they are here, for they bring back so many sweet memories and remind me of God’s promise. One day, when the wind passeth over and like the flowers of the field, like the irises in spring, I’ll be gone and remembered no more. But I will be in God’s presence with my loved ones and I will be able to hug my sweet mother and tell her again how much I love her. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. May God richly bless you all.
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” ~ Cardinal Mermillod