Finding The Orchid
Years ago, when I worked as an Activity Director in Florida, while walking into the building, I saw the most beautiful Orchid among their plants lining the walkway there. It was large and white with lovely colors in its center. The Orchid was growing on an ugly twisted stalk with some of its roots growing above ground--an odd looking plant for such a lovely flower. Each day I would enjoy looking at this lovely flower on my way into work. Eventually the Orchid wilted and died--as its growing season had ended--and left only the ugly twisted plant to be seen.
Later that year, when I checked to see if the Orchid plant was blooming again, I was horrified to learn that the gardener there--seeing only the ugly plant left on the ground, had pulled it up and discarded it. He had not realized the true nature of the plant and what it was.
The Parable of The Orchid
The story of the Orchid made me think. Many of us are like this gardner--looking only on the outside appearance to judge the value of something. Many of our Heavenly Father's children are not as beautiful as some on the outside, many have physical or mental handicaps, and many are poor and not as well dressed as others. How sad if we choose to judge others only by their outward appearance and miss the opportunity of seeing the bloom that they hold within.
Even The Savior Was Judged Wrongly
Even the Savior was judged critically in his day. Isaiah wrote---" For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him."
How sad that many in Christ's day only judged him by his humble outside appearance. He didn't come in his full glory and power-- the way they expected him to appear. They missed the true beauty that he possessed--and consequently missed the great message and blessing that he brought to them.
Hopefully, we will learn to be wiser---and not be like the foolish gardner.
© 2017 Carol Hill