I’m inspired today by this beautiful bloom that was brought by the shop yesterday…
Blue Agave is definitely one of my most favorite plants. I love how it lends itself to that “Southwestern” feel. Every time I come across this plant I picture a little stone hut, deep in the desert… a shadow casting itself on a dark open doorway, and the windows are full of tribal treatments dancing slowly in the breeze. No one has lived here for quite some time, a Blue Agave in the distance is the only sign of life. As I wander out into the distance the sun stretches across the sand to meet me, so vibrant and warm. I lean into it like a heavenly hug, & the embrace of my Father soothes my soul.
As I open my eyes I realize the beauty of God’s creation & how intimately detailed everything really is… What do you see when you think Agave? If you simply see the plant, you’ll recognize it’s large, bold presence, growing from 6-8 feet tall & just as wide. The mature Blue Agave shoots an edible flower stalk over 15 feet tall, which signals the approach of life’s eminent end. The extent of this plant is somewhat short lived, with a life span between 8-14 years. Before the plant dies it does something truly amazing… through a rhizome it produces pups around & near the base of the plant.
I just love how nature has such natural continuation…
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, & yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” -Matthew 6:26
That scripture just came to mind as I was pondering on how amazing it is that these Agave are engrained to reproduce in order to ensure the survival of their species. How intimately detailed is that? …and how much more valuable are we?
I needed that reminder today… Sometimes I forget that I am valuable, & that God is taking care of me even when I cannot see it.
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” -Proverbs 21:5
Until Tomorrow… Let’s press diligently forward in faith, shall we?