While walking at a nearby wildlife sanctuary, I came across this amazing "field" of American lotus. The lotus is a type of water lily that rises from muddy waters to blossom. I had heard of the lotus flower before, tho I did not know that America had any. Studying Buddhism when I was searching for God, I learned that the lotus was one of the auspicious symbols and referred to enlightenment or wisdom. Because the lotus comes out of the murky water to flower, it is also a sign of resurrection. When the flower is used in art, the more open the bloom, the more enlightened the figure would be.
Of course I had to come home to search this stuff out but it is interesting when I look over the pictures I took and see all the closed or slightly open blooms. How often my spirit is like that. I sometimes just want to throw up my hands and tell Him to give up on me since I am so lost most of the time and feel that I could be useful to no one. But here, thru this adventure, I learn it is not that I am lost but that I am only at the beginning. I cannot learn more than I am able. I need not to stuff my brain full of lessons that remain incomplete because my comprehension is incomplete. My part is to open myself as fully as I can to the Spirit and embrace each moment for all the life and love and learning it holds.
Never expected to find grace in the swamp, but I am glad He can find me anywhere!