By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
A small group of senior adults and I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Bill and Diana Waldrop’s daylily farm on Friday, and what a spectacular treat it was! As Bill and Diana toured us through the prolifically blooming garden, biblical imagery abounded, and multiple passages of scripture flooded my mind. They spoke lovingly of various blooms as if particular varieties were indeed their children. In a certain sense they were, as the Waldrop’s actively hybridize daylilies in an effort to create diverse new blossoms. They manually cross pollinate anther to pistil in order to achieve incredibly beautiful offspring. Then, they affectionately name the new varieties. One such
delightful name was “Heaven All Day”. I was reminded of how God might have played “tour guide” in the Garden of Eden, proudly pointing to each and every delicate aspect of his creation, and how Adam might have labored over each and every label in an effort to adequately name each particular species based on its unique characteristics.
The petals of some varieties had frilly edges which curled backward. Others had distinctly undulating edges called “teeth”. The throats of some blooms were chartreuse, sharply giving way to magenta purple or ruby red. Others still had stripped petals as if variegated, and some had a double row of petals creating a fuller, more three-dimensional display. Some varieties grew tall with foliage pointing sharply upward, while others were shorter at maturity with gentling arching foliage which pointed back toward the ground. Everywhere I gazed, my eyes feasted on such diverse beauty. “This is the way the LORD must look upon his creation”, I thought, “showing no partiality, but delighting in the variety and intricacy of it all.” May we do likewise, I pray; not despising the Other, but recognizing that those different from ourselves are valuable, beautiful, and lovingly crafted by God to be unique and special. Just as the Waldrop’s intentionally cross pollinate their daylilies for interest and variety, so God lovingly crafts his creation for maximum beauty. Let us rejoice for we are fearfully and wonderfully made.