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.
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Thank you so much for teaching us to appreciate this unique plant, Laurie!
Hmmm. God as a Cactus. I like it.
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
I will never look at a cactus the same, thank you. All round great post!
Interesting thoughts on the cactus — and lovely, clear photos. Desert plants fascinate me because they grow in sand with so little water. Their existence is a miracle!
Such amazing photos. I love a good cactus.
I’ve never been much of a cactus admirer — but I did admire that poem — and your beautiful photos. Gorgeous!
Lovely plant shots.
Cactus are my favorite – gorgeous photos! My night blooming cactus have just started their summer blooming season. Love it!
Well this is a totally new take on cactus 🙂 I love them though, I think they are beautiful plants.
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.
Great serie of photos, interesting text too!
Gorgeous photos! I never thought of cacti that way… they are marvelous metaphors for sure.
Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
Cactii are among my own favourites. You’ve got some great shots there, particularly the first of the larger photos.
What a beautiful story. I will definitely look at cactus in a different light after reading these words. Thank you and glad you are on the mend.
Living here in the desert I know all about cactus. And I must say your have taken some gorgeous photos of them..
beautiful greens – God’s bounty!
Thanks Laurie! I will look at the cactus in my front yard a lot differently now! 🙂
Cacti are such hardy plants… and uniquely pretty, too.
I completely agree with your blogging tip… cast your eye around your world, you have story to tell right there in front of you.
Wonderful shots and inspiring words.
Have a wonderful day. 🙂
Wise words and lovely shots!
That poem is deep, I like the part where it says it is tough yet gentle, very inspiring …God bless!!!
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.
It’s a beautiful poem, and surely makes one think again about cacti.
Wow!!! What an interesting cactus!!! Love that second photo…the detail is wonderful against the bokeh background!!!
BEAUTIFUL SHOTS OF THIS WONDERFUL PLANT.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Well, I never thought of this – God as a plant, but love your premise and your photographs!
I really love this, Laurie!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Laurie, this is one of my favorite posts you’ve done… it ranks up there with “little guy!” 😉
Blessings ~ Wendy
Love it and you know I often do…there are times that we need to just sit back and admire God’s Glory!
What a cool take on cacti! In Israel, someone who was born in Israel is called a sabra, named for the first fruit of a cactus, it’s b/c it is so tough and hardy, yet sweet!
Neat thoughts, Laurie. I have a greater appreciation of succulents and cacti these days! There is such beauty among a commonly look over plant.
Those pics are sooooo kewl! I love your message along with it too!!!! Awesome!
I need to plant a cactus around here after reading that.
☺ thanks for the smile you just gave me.
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
What a great analogy. We used to have a huge one in our backyard in FL too. I loved it.
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*
Better not go too close.. 😀
I now have a new perspective on the cactus; thank you. Beautiful photos too.
An excellent poem, and says to me that He is perfect in all manner. Hope you and yours are well. 🙂
Great photos of the cactus. Will you share the blooms with us when they open?
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
Love cacti plants and your photography of them is excellent ~ Happy Day to you ^_^
Amazing shots of that cactus!
Magnificent, not something I see around here, that’s for sure! Thank you so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)
What gorgeous pictures of these intriguing cactus plants!
I love the pictures, very beautiful they are! Glad you’re feeling better
Wonderful shots of the cactus plants! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!