Treasure hidden among the weeds

“With the exercise of a little care, the nettle could be made useful; it is neglected and it becomes hurtful. It is exterminated. How many men resemble the nettle!” He added with a pause: “Remember this, my friends: there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

(a painted lady butterfly finding nourishment among the weeds / Julie Cook / 2014)

On this glorious Sunday, as you perhaps spend a warm sunny May day worshiping, enjoying family and friends, marking milestones of graduations and weddings or simply spending an afternoon serenely pondering and recalling the importance of why we mark this weekend as our Memorial Day celebration, I wish that you may happily find yourself stumbling upon any and all tiny treasures hidden among the weeds.

May you take time to notice the minute. May you relish and marvel in what is around you. May you offer thanksgiving for the peace, beauty, family, friends–for the time spent freely and lazily and for bright futures ahead and for whatever those futures may bring.

May we all be mindful that there are really no such things as weeds nor bad men, but that we, humankind, may not always be doing the very best job possible at cultivating all that is around us. . .as we don’t often take the time.
Today may we all make a conscious decision to begin cultivating, with love and care, all that is around us—for the reaped reward will certainly be great.

Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
and showers his righteousness on you.

Hosea 10:12

7 comments on “Treasure hidden among the weeds

  1. Lynda says:

    Julie, this is beautiful. So often our society throws away people and yet the problem is that we have not cultivated them well. We haven’t looked after the marginalized and indeed our society has caused them to be marginalized. Thanks for this reflection and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. Blessings.

    • the quote by Victor Hugo really spoke to me–as I love that there are no bad weeds or men—just the mindset of cultivating—so much truth in that—of which I don’t think we truly contemplate —get the poison, kill um all—-quick and easy or so it seems—-
      Enjoy a warming spring Lynda—hugs to you—Julie

  2. Love it!

    Thanks and blessings

  3. Amen and amen! I pray that you and yours have a very blessed and mindful memorial day. Hugs and blessings, Natalie 🙂

  4. Beautiful spring butterfly 🙂

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