by Cathy Baker
trunk of the Chaste tree hugged our white picket fence but its branches
shot out in all directions, covering everything in its path. While
preparing to sell the house last September, Brian cut the tree to ground
level so the yard would appear neater for prospective buyers.
weekend, while taking a tour of the yard, I spotted a pink patch of
clematis sittin’ pretty as you please alongside the same picket fence. I
planted them years ago but forgot about them. I’d never seen a bloom,
thanks to the gnarly branches of the tree. However, once the debris was
cleared, I could finally see the beauty that awaited. The timing of this
discovery was no “coincidence.”
see, since childhood, the relationship with my mom has often been
covered in debris, scattered from a decision made long ago that neither
of us initiated. Its roots spread into deep, dark, hidden places
resulting in hurt, bitterness, and simple misunderstandings.
recent years, each of us has grown in our faith, and through this
growth, He has exposed those dark places to the light of His truth,
lovingly reminding me of my own failings as a parent (humble pie is
bittersweet) and how my mom did the best she could do with the
circumstances facing her at the time.
relationship has never been stronger or more vibrant than it is today
for it remains covered—no longer by debris from the past but by grace
and mercy—beauty in its truest form.
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Wow! What a powerful analogy. Miss Cathy Baker, you are getting more fragrant with that ink of your every day.
Thanks so much, Maria. 🙂 I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and share.
I'm delighted that you're coming to Blue Ridge!!!
Wow. That's powerful, Cathy. Great analogy of the debris in the yard covering the flowers like the junk in our lives covering relationships. We have to dig down to reveal the beauty below that's meant to be enjoyed.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for the kind words, Ellen. I appreciate your stopping by.
God is good!
This is a beautiful analogy, Cathy. I wish you a lovely Mother's Day.
Aw, thanks Dee Dee. 🙂 I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day too!!!
Love you much.