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Crack Petunias

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The sight of pink blossoms peeking through and around an old iron wheel caused me to pause. The flowers were not planted in fertile soil or growing in expensive pots of clay. Instead, these plants were the product of seeds that had fallen from petunias cascading from a display of hanging baskets. As the seeds fell, the wind gently blew them into a crack in the concrete. The seeds lay in the crack undetected as the gardener watered the petunias above. And when the petunias had drunk their fill, the baskets overflowed and fertilized water dripped into the concrete crack.

crack petunias in wheel (640x360) (450x341)The petunia seed rejoiced by sprouting—expending a portion of its energy in search of the light above and all the while sending roots down deeper than the boundary of concrete.

This crack petunia is every bit as authentic as those hanging in baskets above. Its DNA had just as much life, wonder, and ability inside its seed. It only had to choose to bloom inside the crack of concrete. Today, the plant was blooming in unexpected places, and encouraging me to do the same.

Have you ever fallen through the cracks of life? Are you surrounded—even now—by cold, hard walls of circumstances and challenges?

If so, remember the crack petunia. Seeds of talents are every bit as profound—and teeming with potential—that fall into the cracks as those whose blooms are on display around us. We only need to humble ourselves and allow the seeds of destiny to open up and sprout, and steady our souls by sending our roots deep into the life-giving soil of God’s Word. We can bloom even in the cracks of life.

If you feel you’ve fallen through the cracks and it seems your lot in life could be to live there—choose to bloom in the crack. Choose to live happy even in adverse conditions that you had no part in choosing. God can give you the ability to prosper—right where you are—right now. Rely on God and release your ways to Him. You contain the DNA to grow and bloom wherever you are.

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (II Corinthians 9:8 NIV)

“Think out of the box and you’ll get your coffee!”

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Morning email to my son:  Love you….  How much coffee do you have room for?  I found who blends it for Noah’s Bagels -talked to the “International Coffee Makers” twice. The were helpful at first ie. go by one of the shops and they should be able to sell me one 12 oz bag!  Joking right?  ‘One’ 12 oz bag?  That one 12 oz. bag is what got me totally loving it- running their pot dry in San Francisco, with the companion of a tasty bagel, while you worked.  And, of course the sly comment from the International coffee makers- in parting- that they only sell to wholesale distributors.
Oh, but that was just grounds for the next email.  In response, I say, “Thank you very much.”   Moving forward I have an idea.  I envision delivery trucks bringing loads of Chelsea Coffee- UPS after UPS.  I’d sell it to friends.  I’d hook the church on it.  I’d casually infect the businesses. We’ll now all have Chelsea coffee in Chelsea.  We’ll take our wares through the friends that are real estate agents to Claremore and beyond.  Hey, I have two buddies who are appraisers who can give these as gifts for their service as they travel half the state.

I leave all this rhetoric in my mind.  Who needs to know how smart I am, or the master plan just ready to be sprung into action? But, it is time to move quickly!
It’s all business now.  Contract time calls for careful and plain articulation of nonnegotiable. I hit reply and keep it simple.   “How can *I* become a wholesale distributor?”

The “I.C.M” was just as professional as I.  Their response- almost instantaneous- could still bring a tear to my eye. That short order form, stark, and in black and white, read, “I apologize that I am not able to assist you further.”

And, now you know how it came to be that I must make frequent business trips to San Francisco…. and beg my son to leave his clothes in their sunny closet and stuff his suitcases full of “Coffee” whenever he comes to visit!