Friday, February 12, 2010

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Where Flowers Bloom

My sister and I climbed high atop the rocky mountain. There was nothing there except rocks, stones and gravel. It was isolated yet beautiful.

We sat bathing in the soft wind, the warm sun and the peaceful quiet. There she started talking, telling me how awful it was for us as kids. She talked about the beatings, the constant ridicule - the fear, shame and terro. She apologized for not protecting me and for leaving.

I didn't believe it had been so bad. She said she had been afraid watching me slowly die from the drugs and eating disorder. She had reached out to friends, but I withdrew, trying to become invisible.

I'm not sure why we hadn't realized before, but a few feet from us, two flowers, side by side were growing in the rocks. Stunned, we wondered how could they possibly grow in the middle of all the hardness?  How could they survive?

Somehow they had managed to grow. I turned to my sister. "We survived." She broke down crying, "It was bad. How did we survive?"

I looked up at the sky. I knew. We lived in a tight Jewish community. I came home from school and was surprised to see a nun sitting with my mother who had been dying. I believe she prayed for us and God heard.

God put those two flowers there for us - to show us- even in the hard places He's there helping us to grow, helping us to be strong and keeping us safe.


RCUBEs said...

What a beautiful confirmation! A little light, a little moisture was enough to make those flowers blossom. What more if there was plenty of both? Same with the Lord's love and grace. I'm glad that your relationship as sisters was restored. I'm glad that it didn't become "it's too late" moment. I'm glad that with His love, your bond is ever stronger. Ready to face any kinds of weather. As sisters. God bless you both. Stay strong sister. ~from your sister in Christ :)

Kathy M. said...

I love this post. What a lovely image. I've often seen a tree or a cactus growing out of a crack in a rock and thought about how miraculous and tenacious life seems. Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

This is so lovely, just like you my sis. I love you.

Andrea said...


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Alice in Wonderland said...

What a really moving little story! I really loved this. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all!
Big Hugs!

Peggy said...

Blessings Sarah...Wonderfully done! I hope you WIN! I have a Kindle for PC and had wanted a Kindle before I downloaded this program. It's just
the same to me, giving me access to books at Amazon that I could read here in Mexico! Works great! Now on to this beautiful story you shared!

You definitely have the gift of writing! This is a moving, touching, creative story!
[forgive me, it's the teacher in me, but you need to add an "r" to terro - 2nd paragraph]
I'm sure typos or grammar or punctuation do not count. It's the flow and reader ability. And you definitely HAVE that!

May those two flowers continue to grow in Christ, to know & draw near. To feel the real love of the Father and know His awesome hand is upon them, chose them, planted them and now is in the process of watering & nurturing them TO BE all they can BE & bloom where they are planted!

Love you Sarah. EnJOY reading all you share! May God bless this! Reminds me of the story of the sower in the bible; the seeds planted in the rock, off the path, trampled under, or in the good soil. You are sowing good seed and bearing fruit.

Dulce said...

Hey YOU are a love...
but of course you should now by now!!!
Have a superb weekend and better Valentines' day!

Mary DeMuth said...

Wow, love that God planted two flowers for you to show His faithfulness. I hurt for what you went through but applaud God for bringing you through.

Fire Byrd said...

Hey Sarah thank you for stopping by I really appreciate it.
This is a lovely post of hope despite hardship.
You go girl.