... in sweetpeas

Published on 04 Jul 2021
Pink sweetpeas

I had a look at the flowers as I entered the supermarket at the weekend and wondered if I might get some with a reduced label on, to cheer myself up. Then decided that either they were too drooping or, alas, still too expensive. 

I am always ambivalent about buying supermarket cut flowers anyway (not so much flowers from a really good local florist) as the quality can be questionable, not to mention the airmiles... and unless you buy Fairtrade flowers, you can also be contributing to global inequalities. Of course, they are usually wrapped in plastic! On the other hand, a beautiful flower arrangement can be a beautiful gift and can cheer up a room. 

Today I went for a walk along a road near my house and saw a huge amount of beautiful pink sweetpeas growing in the verge. I wouldn't want to pick wildflowers, but these appeared to be escapees from some cultivated variety, growing wild on the side of a road. So I picked a bunch and brought them home to put in a vase. 

Flowers for free. Such moments remind me of God's generosity to us. We often think of God's gifts as being theoretical, but I felt like God had given me a posy of beautiful pink blooms.