We were given a pre-potted 2 bulb Amaryllis Samba plant as a gift. The packaging included clear, very helpful directions and expectations. I couldn’t kill this plant, even with a lack of trying.  The flower is described as “flouncy and energetic. It is lipstick red with a bright white star, ruffled white petal edges and a pale green-flushed center.” (I’m thinking, I need to update my language skills when it comes to describing plants.) Yes, I’m staying with the plant theme for another day. I carefully placed the plant on the beautiful hand-crafted walnut table in the lanai. I want you to image the peaceful setting of the space. We often eat there and do most of our arguing around the table. Our lanai is never going to make one of those kind of very high end home decorating magazines but it was predestined to be a comfortable space to gather.  Amidst the purpose and peacefulness of the space and too much of our surprise, the beautiful flowering Amaryllis toppled over, creating a mess and causing a redirection of energy already established for the morning responsibilities.  The roots were exposed and the delicate pedals damaged. I re-potted and propped up the stalks but it doesn’t look healthy. (There was no instruction alerting me to the possibility of a toppling over. My cynical side figured it must be part of their business plan. By keeping the plant in the container they send, shortly after the flower blooms, it will topple over and you’ll order another one to be delivered. It’s not a bad plan. Okay, I’m working on the cynical part in me.)  At the end of the day, I found myself starring at the “less than it should be” Amaryllis. Recalling the other events of my day, I realized the toppling over was an insignificant disruption, at least when I compared to the other encounters, but it lingered more than the others. So I wondered why? I identified it as disappointment. More tomorrow.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”

Reflection Questions:What do you need to cast upon God?
How do you show you care for someone?
How does disappointment impact you?

Prayer: Holy God, I’m grateful for those I have encountered this day. As things topple over, remind me who I am and fill me with humility. Amen.