Is there a flourish in your garden that began with one plant, or one seed?
From August to mid-September, our garden is studded with garlic chive flowers. An elegant allium, its star-like blooms stand tall and fresh in an otherwise hot and bothered end-of-summer garden (…or is it the gardener who’s hot and bothered??!).
Do not grow weary, the flowers seem to proclaim, their bright blossoms waving in gentle breezes. It is a message I need to hear: “Persevere!” Be reminded that God brings much from one—One Seed, one heart turned towards him, one step moving forward responding to him. A quiet reverence or a simple measure may not seem monumental at the time. Yet over time, much may result.
Look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many. Isaiah 51:2 NIV
The story of Abram has bloomed in my yard. I planted one inconsequential four inch pot, and now its offspring distinguish our garden, dazzling August’s dog days with delight. The garlic chives pattern the possibility that many will come from one, echoing God’s promise to Abram:
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky Genesis 22:17 NIV
My feelings of smallness and futility, perhaps finishing only one thing today, are soothed by the sight of these savory flowers. Thank you, Lord, for imprinting your promises for me to behold in our garden.
May the Lord cause you to flourish,
both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 115:14-15 NIV
Garlic chives are not mentioned in the Bible. However, they are classified in the Allium genus along with leeks, onions and garlic which are mentioned in Numbers 11:5.
Photo Credits: © 2014 Shelley S. Cramm Garlic chive flowers blooming on our garden, a multitude growing from one 4-inch pot!