The day the power of love overrules the love of power,
the world will know peace.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
(a water lily blooms / Deer Lake, Watercolor Beach Community / Julie Cook / 2016)
Any pond owner can tell you all about the love / hate relationship they have with water lilies.
On the one hand, water lilies are pleasing to the eye as they languidly spend life just floating around.
They help to conjure up thoughts of idyllically kayaking or canoeing around said peaceful bodies of water…as we languidly long to spend life much like the water lily, just kicking back and letting life be….
Lilies provide and offer inviting homes to a myriad of reptiles, amphibians, fish and water fowl.
They provide delightful visual bursts of color across an otherwise barren greenish body water….
They offer shade underneath the water and help to encourage mini ecosystems within the pond itself.
However if left unchecked and unmanaged, they can grow out of control…giving into their invasive
As they will eventually choke out the very fish and aquatic animals who they once provided shelter and nourishment to…
Sucking out the very oxygen and nutrients from the water which helped to
sustain those dependent on such.
Lilies will eventually cover and clog a once thriving body of water…
rendering it dead, empty and useless.
So what is initially considered lovely and even beneficial in moderation,
is anything but lovely when left to its own devices….
Much like ourselves.
We often have good intentions.
We start out wanting to do the right things,
to do well,
to be productive,
to aid our fellow man…
We work on focusing on the positive and all which is good.
We put our best efforts and best foot forward.
We are filled with all things altruistic, looking outward rather than inward…
Yet something happens…
our vision begins to fade…
as our sights shift…
Outward becomes inward
as the ‘theys’ become less and the ‘mes’ becomes more…
We grow out of control…
We allow ourselves to go unchecked, unmanaged.
The negatives become invasive, choking out all the positives
Intentions easily turn…empty.
There is but only One who can manage this unchecked overgrowth of ours…
Turning unmanageable ways…from the negative back to the positive…
It is a matter of focusing,
and daily yielding…
Yeilding to the only One who desires to maintain that which has gone awry …
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—–
to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.