What I Learned from a Yucca Plant

posted Jul 12, 2019, 10:48 AM by Tricia Sheffield

The peace of Christ be with you!

Earlier in the spring, I noticed two stalks rising up from the yucca plant on the front lawn of Coventry House. In the four years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen this plant bloom; so needless to say, I was excited to witness what would come forth. Each week I went out to inspect for some signs of flowers. I waited. And waited. And waited. I grew impatient. I could see the buds growing and beginning to unfold, but still this blooming process seemed to be taking forever. And then one day, there they were, resplendent in their gentle glory, white flowers hanging off the stalks like little lanterns. 

Since then, I’ve been questioning why the plant decided to bloom this year and not others. Perhaps it was because we had a warm winter. Or maybe it was because Jamie had done a lot of weeding in that area of the lawn last spring, enabling it to grow with greater ease. I probably will never know why it blossomed, but I do know this. This was the moment for the plant to show the world its resilient beauty. This was its time to thrive. And I heard God say ever so quietly, "Go, and do likewise."

Beloved, in these (hopefully) slower months of summer, have you been hearing the Spirit whisper that now is the moment in your life to bloom and to flourish? If you have been waiting, perhaps fearfully wondering if it’s time to let go of what holds you back from claiming your wonderfully made child of God-ness, I pray you will take your cue from the yucca plant. It may take some time to start releasing your new buds, but once you do, there will be no stopping the beauty that will come forth. Because, as one who is loved by God more than you could ask or imagine, flourishing in a space of freedom from what would hinder our growth, and thriving daily in joy and peace is precisely how God wants us to live out our faith.

I look forward to welcoming you this Sunday as we celebrate the One who calls us to have life abundant. As this is the Second Sunday, we will have two opportunities for worship. The first is a shortened service at 8:30 AM in our beautiful Meditation Garden, and the second service is at our regular time of 10:30 AM in the sanctuary. I will be preaching from Luke 10.25-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and my sermon title is A Most Unlikely Neighbor.

In gratitude for the joy of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish