If God Would Choose A Plant…


If God would choose a plant to represent him, I think he would choose of all plants the cactus. The cactus has all the blessings he tried, but mostly failed, to give to man. Let me tell you how. It has humility, but it is not submissive. It grows where no other plant will grow. It does not complain when the sun bakes it back or the wing tears it from the cliff or drowns it in the dry sand of the desert or when it is thirsty.


When the rain comes it stores water for the hard times to come. In good times and in bad it will still flower. It protects itself against danger, but it harms no other plant. It adapts perfectly to almost any environment. It has patience and enjoys solitude. The cactus has properties that heal the wounds of men and from it come potions that can make man touch the face of God or stare into the mouth of hell. It is the plant of patience and solitude, love and madness, ugliness and beauty, toughness and gentleness. Of all plants, surely God made the cactus in his own image? ~ Unknown


As a little girl, I always admired these in my grandmothers Florida backyard every time I would come down to visit. I found them so mysterious and amazing. Nothing like I had ever seen in the Midwest landscaping…smile. Even then, they seemed special to me and I did not understand why?

After reading this poem…I think I found my answer.

Tip of the Day for Bloggers/Photographers:

Have You Ever Felt Like You Have Nothing That Interesting To Share With Others?

We all have been made to be unique…like the cactus.

Here’s an idea…honor your outdoor spaces with the world.

It can be your own backyard, your neighbors, family, or even your best friends outdoor space. Of course, with their permission☺

Share what is unique to your eye…because most of the world doesn’t have the ability to see what YOU see.

Thank you for ALL the get well wishes!!! It brings joy to the heart…which is healing in itself.

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58 thoughts on “If God Would Choose A Plant…

  1. 4 stalks Lemon Grass, pick the white part then bruise to release flavour.
    These will surely be a hit not just with the adults, but
    with kids as well. How much did I miss chicken rice since leaving the
    country over a decade ago.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful page. I do love cactus and am a Mom to quite a few. Sometimes they are just scraps I find on the ground. Other times they are giant arms that have been broke off. (I did ask the business if they wanted it back and they said to keep it –drunk people fall into them all the time).

    From this page I will now admire them in a new light.
    This is my first time at this page, so I didn’t know you were sick. Hope you are feeling better now.–ZG

  3. I’ve never really liked them that much but you’ve talked me into it. 🙂
    Actually there’s a very lovely cactus garden on Lanzarote, designed by Cesar Manrique, so I don’t mind them that much.

  4. I completely agree with your blogging tip… cast your eye around your world, you have story to tell right there in front of you.


  5. A thought provoking poem with wonderful photos to enhance the words.
    So many of us overlook things at times because they don’t look as pretty.
    You shown that even a cacus with its prickly throns can have beauty.
    Very nice,

  6. What a lovely post about the prickly cactus. My kids were obsessed with cacti when they were younger and each had one in their rooms. That and a venus fly trap! Gee I forgot about those, thanks for taking me down memory lane, Laurie!

  7. Beautiful post. I am so happy I landed on this page. The poem is quite amazing. I wasn’t aware of some of the information related to cactus. The poem provides this information as well as a few life lessons. Lovely pictures to match.

  8. Interesting take on this. Cactus are incredible plants and so diverse in shape, size and color. Personally, I feel like Bristle Cone Pines represent your point. I posted something the other days stating some of these trees have seen over 1 million sunrises and survive the most extreme climates on earth. Here’s my post with one image: http://wp.me/peI2E-Rq
    Thanks for this topic!

  9. Beautiful pictures! I love sharing my backyard with my sister and my cousin who are both in very different climates and different yet from mine. We love seeing nature through each others eyes.

  10. Neat thoughts, Laurie. I have a greater appreciation of succulents and cacti these days! There is such beauty among a commonly look over plant.

  11. Laurie: Great photos of the cactus plants. Loved the story. You will have to see the midnight catus by the end of my parents drive way blooms only
    at night.

  12. You’ve certainly captured their beauty Laurie and that’s what I love about your photography. I absolutely love these shots and it’s so true what you said about the Cactus. Thanks for sharing hon and have a great week! 😀 *big hugs*

  13. Your photos are great. I am always so challenged with no camera and I rely on my phone so outside photos are what works best for me. I like your tips. Thanks for sharing, Kathy

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