Sunday, October 04, 2009

Jacarandas in Bloom

A highlight of October in Zambia is the marvelous beauty of the Jacaranda trees.  Their purple blossoms form towering arches over houses and roads, while the fallen petals create amethyst carpets on the dusty trails.  

The Jacaranda tree blooms at the end of the dry season.  Five months or so after the last rains of April, the Jacaranda broadcasts its vivid message of faith that new moisture will soon come.  

May God help us to have that same kind of faith:  a Jacaranda faith that grows and flowers in the dry seasons of trials and doubts, a faith that enables us to spread a vibrant message of hope even when showers of blessings are a distant memory.   

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