Friday, May 15, 2009

For Love Of Pansies

Pansies are one of my favorite flowers. My love of this velvety flower started when I was a child~ ~I remember planting pansies at school for our mothers and presenting this gift to my mom on Mother's Day. The joy she expressed stayed with me for many years. When she died at age 92 we had pansies at her funeral. They hold a special place in my heart and every year Joel gives me pansies for Mother's Day at my request. Here are photos of this year's bright colorful array! Aren't they beautiful?
The Pansies we grow today originated in England and were created by cross breeding several plants. They are ancestors of the viola and wild Pansy, and their name is derived from the french word, "penses" which means thought or remembrance. I have also heard them called "Hearts-ease", and that they are. A little tidbit for you: they are edible!

On a personal level, I have always been fascinated with how delicate pansies look, but how strong they really are. They have such narrow stems, I am amazed that they can hold up such a large flower. I have watched them droop and close down in a rain, or be blown around in the wind, but they come right back up and stand tall sharing their beauty with us again when the storms have passed. They are very resilient.

Of course I can't resist comparing these delicate but sturdy flowers to those who live with chronic illness or other challenges. We often have a delicate body and find ourselves blown around by the wind or bent over with the heavy rains that come into our lives....but with God's help we are able to be strong ~ sharing our own beauty ~ the gifts we are given and what we have learned on our journey ~ with others. We are resilient.


Malva said...

Renee, your post about pansies reminded me of Matt 6's flowers, so I looked it up and read it again.
It confirmed for me what the Lord has recently told me to do - take one day at a time and make the best of each day & opportunity.
It brought me "hearts-ease" - what a descriptive name for pansies. They are some of my favorite flowers too.
Thanks for the reminder.

... if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't He more surely care for you? ...Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs ... and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."
Matt 6:30-34 NLT

Hope you are feeling better today?


Shauna said...

I am new here! What a great blog!
♥ Hugs!

Renee said...

Hi Malva
Pansies are beautiful aren't they.
I liked the name Heartsease also...Thank you so much for all your prayers, encouragement and Bible verses. They have been so helpful. I am feeling better now...more calm and able to focus on God's faithfulness. One day at a time is a good way to live isn't it. And that is what we are given to make the most out of!

Renee said...

Hi Shauna
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my blog! So glad you like it!

Meli n Pat said...

That is a neat comparison. The pansies are a major staple of color up here and it's true: they are resilient. I'll think of this now when I see them which is often every day!

Renee said...

Thanks Meli!

Jan Lyn said...

Beautiful photo and post, Renee. Yes, we are resilient through God's help, that's a beautiful illustration with the pansies. Never knew they were edible though!:)

Renee said...

Hi Jan Lyn
Glad you enjoyed the pansies. Yes, they are edible, although I have not ever nibbled on them myself.