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seeds in your life just waiting to bloom

By Michelle Lehnardt

EI3C0941-copy1In May, people stop and stare at my garden. Pedestrians ask questions, cars often slow and take photos. And if you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to cut some roses for a bouquet– I have plenty.

I love tending my garden, calling my plants by both their common and Latin names, pulling weeds, adding compost, moving plants from one spot to the other. And while I’m almost drunk with beauty during those May blooms, I love my garden most in those first days of Spring when what was dead comes to life.

EI3C6860 copyPeony shoots literally break the soil, pushing toward the sun, sticklike trees with sprout new buds. Every day, every hour, I watch the world transform. Hope. Life.

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Maybe you heard about the Superbloom in Death Valley last month? The hottest, driest place on the North American continent, Death Valley usually sports an impressive dirt patch. But every ten years or so the perfect combination of sun and rain produces a superbloom where the desert bursts into life.


As one ranger said, “It’s interesting to see all the seeds that have been waiting beneath this dry, dusty valley just waiting for a chance to bloom.”

Maybe you’re just coming out of a hard winter, a ten-year drought or even a 40 year trudge through the desert, but I promise there are seeds, wonders, beauties just beneath the surface waiting to bloom.

In my garden last week I surveyed an old rose bush– dry, brown, canes full thorns. I was ready to rip it out of the ground when I spied one slender green shoot.

Through the light of Christ, the gift of the Atonement even the most dry, dusty, thorny life will burst forth into fields of blossoms, armfuls of bouquets. Maybe, probably, not until Christ comes again. But keep planting the seeds, nurturing the soil, praying for rain.

Christ will come.

Have you seen blooms after a barren season in your life?

How can we maintain faith when we don’t see results?



About Michelle Lehnardt

(Blog Team) I'm the kind of mom who drives through mud puddles, throws pumpkins off the roof and lets the kids move the ping-pong table into the kitchen for the summer. Despite (or probably, because of) my immaturity, my five sons and one daughter are happy, thriving, funny people. I'll climb a mountain with you, jump into a freezing lake hand-in-hand or just sit with you while you cry. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ will heal the earth. Founder of buildyourteenager.com, scenesfromthewild.net and rubygirl.org.

4 thoughts on “seeds in your life just waiting to bloom”

  1. Thank you for this, Michelle. I needed to read it today. And you're inspiring me to spend more time on my yard and garden–I'd love to have beautiful flowers too, but I've been too lazy to do anything about it.

  2. This is beautiful. It's the kind of thing I want to push towards everyone I know: "here, read this", and insist that they stop what they're doing until they take in this idea. Patience and hope – beauty will come 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

  3. Dear Michelle. At a time when I find myself in despair and tired of fighting for hope, your words and promises of truth give me a little more strength to hang on. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is really beautiful, thank you for writing words that have helped me feel the spirit today. I'm so thankful for the Savior and the atonement.


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